FREEPRESS – Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo last night retained the 2017 Best FIFA Men’s Player Award.
He edged out arch rival Lionel Messi and PSG striker Neymar for the top award.
The Portuguese international was a clear favourite after playing a massive part in Madrid’s win of the UEFA Champions League back to back.
He was also instrumental to Madrid winning the La Liga title last season.
The 32-year-old, who scored 44 goals for club and country in 2017, is the only player to have won this award given that it was introduced in January when the attacker won it for 2016.
The player who was accompanied to the London Palladium venue of the ceremony by his son and partner Georgina Rodriguez, thanked his club and fans for the support over the years.
“This is a great moment for me. Thank you to all my fans all over the world. I appreciate that. I’m so happy, thank you very much and have a good night,” he said after receiving the award.
He also acknowledged the presence of Messi and Neymar. I want to mention Leo (Messi) and Neymar to be here. Ronaldo’s boss Zinedine Zidane beat Chelsea manager Antonio Conte and Masimilano Alegri of Juventus to the FIFA Best Coach of the Year.
Real Madrid stars dominated the FIFPro World X1 which had Ronaldo as well. They included Marcelo, Sergio
Ramos, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos Messi and Neymar were also named in the FIFPro World XI with Gianluigi Buffon, who won the FIFA Best Goalkeeper joined by Dani Alves, Andres Iniesta and Leonardo Bonucci.
In the women’s category, USA international Carli Lloyd lost her crown to Dutch and Barcelona midfielder Lieke Martens. Martens, months back was voted the Women’s Player in Europe after guiding her country to win the