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Monday, 23 October 2017

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo named FIFA Best Men's Player of Year award (SEE FULL LIST)




Ronaldo saw off competition from Lionel Messi and Neymar to remain the only player in the world to have won the award, after he also triumphed in its inaugural outing in January

Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Best Fifa Men’s Player Award for the second consecutive year while Lieke Martens was crowned women's player of the year.

The Portuguese was tipped to clinch the accolade after another remarkable year scoring 44 goals for club and country in 2017.

Ronaldo saw off competition from Lionel Messi and Neymar to remain the only player in the world to have won the award, after he also triumphed in its inaugural outing in January.

It took the 32-year-old's dazzling season, which saw him inspire Real Madrid to win the La Liga/Champions League double, to sway the judges. The win serves as yet another reminder that the forward has still not passed his peak.

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo named FIFA Best Men's Player of Year award (SEE FULL LIST)

Martens picked up the Fifa award after winning the European Championship with the Netherlands. 
The 24-year-old winger was part of the Dutch team that beat Denmark in the final in August, scoring once. 
She beat Carli Lloyd of the United States and Deyna Castellanos of Venezuela. 
Meanwhile, Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud won the Fifa Puskas Award for goal of the year.
Giroud's stunning 'scorpion-kick' scored against Crystal Palace in January beat off competition from Venezuela's Deyna Castellanos and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke.
The Frenchman's effort, a flicked volley with his left foot that flew in off the crossbar, was announced as the winner at a ceremony held at the London Palladium on Monday.
On accepting his award, Giroud said: 
"First of all I have to say it's an honour for me."I'm delighted to receive this trophy today in front of legends of football. Now l'd just like to thank the people who voted for me. I would like to congratulate the 10 nominees who scored amazing goals too.
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Olivier Giroud's sublime goal was acknowledged at the awards (Getty)
"Obviously I would like to thank my team-mates, without them I couldn't score maybe this goal, and my family."
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was shortlisted for men's coach of the year but the Italian, who lifted the Premier League title in his first season in England, lost out to Zinedine Zidane.
Zidane became the first ever coach to win back-to-back Champions League titles as Real Madrid beat Juventus in the final in May. He also led Los Blancos to their first La Liga title in five years. Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri was also shortlisted.
The Italian club boasted their own winner in London, however, as their goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon won the best goalkeeper prize.
Buffon guided Juve to a sixth consecutive Serie A title and managed 600 Champions League minutes without conceding a goal.
The 39-year-old held off competition from fellow nominees Keylor Navas of Real Madrid and Manuel Neuer of Bayern Munich.
"I am very happy, for me it is a great honour to receive this award at my age," Buffon said.
"I think the last year has been a fantastic season for Juventus and for me personally. It wasn't enough to win in Europe and for this year I hope that we can play better and with the national team and Juventus."



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