This one did not come as a surprise to many people as Cristiano Ronaldo who won Champions League-La Liga double in 2016-17 was named the world’s best male player at the 2017 Best Fifa Football Awards in London last night.
The 32-year old Real Madrid and Portugal forward beat Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Paris St-Germain’s Neymar to the honour which was the second edition of the Best Fifa Football Awards after FIFA decided to organise their own awards from different to the Ballon d’Or that they used to organise with France Football magazine since 1956.
Ronaldo also won the first edition in January after leading Portugal to glory in the Euro 2016 to the award determined by voting by national team captains and managers, selected journalists and as well as an online poll of fans which was recently introduced for both the players and managers’ categories with each accounting for 25% of the total.
On the way to winning the Champions league, Ronaldo scored twice in the 4-1 win over Juventus in the Champions League final and also found the net 25 times in 29 appearances as his club won La Liga for the first time in five years.
“We are in England for the first time, and I win it for the second consecutive time. This is a great moment for me,” Ronaldo told the ceremony audience at the London Palladium.
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The line-up with only 3 new entrants from that of 2016 featured five players from Real Madrid, two from Barcelona, two from PSG, one from Juventus and one from AC Milan with no Premier League players included.
OTHER MAJOR AWARDS
BEST GOALKEEPER AWARD: A World Cup winner, a 10-time Serie A winner, and now Italian super star Gianluigi Buffon is the first winner of the best goalkeeper award after helping Juventus to a sixth consecutive league title and went 600 minutes without conceding in the Champions League. He beat strong contenders Keylor Navas (Real Madrid) and Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich).
BEST FEMALE PLAYER: Lieke Martens of Barcelona and the Netherlands won best female player and Netherlands’ Sarina Wiegman the best female coach.
PUSKAS AWARD: Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud received the Puskas award for the best goal of 2017 for his ‘scorpion kick’ against Crystal Palace in January.
BEST FANS AWARD: Celtic won the fan award after they honoured the club’s 1967 ‘Lisbon Lions’ with a stunning 360-degree card display on the 50th anniversary of their historic European Cup win.
BEST MEN’S COACH: Real Madrid’s French coach Zinedine Zidane was named best men’s coach after Real ended last season as the champions of Spain for the first time since 2012 and champions of Europe for the second successive season ahead of Chelsea manager Antonio Conte.
BEST WOMEN’S COACH: Netherlands coach Wiegman led the Netherlands to the Euro 2017 title on home soil, playing excellent attacking football. It was their first major women’s international title after a thrilling victory over Denmark in the final.
FAIRPLAY AWARD: The awards recognised the gesture by Togolese player Francis Kone, who performed life-saving first aid on Bohemians 1905 goalkeeper Martin Berkovec during a Czech League game in February.