Monday, 23 October 2017

Cristiano Ronado beats Lionel Messi to win FIFA World Best Player Award

Real Madrid attacker Cristiano Ronaldo has been named Best FIFA Men's Player ahead of rivals Lionel Messi and Neymar.

The Portuguese international beat Lionel Messi to win the prestigious award for the second successful year.

The award was presented by Diego Maradona and former Brazil striker Ronaldo at the London ceremony.

FIFA introduced the 'Best Football Awards' last season after splitting with France Football magazine, which meant they had to end their association with the Ballon d'Or award.

Ronaldo said "Thank you a lot, to the guys who voted for me. Real supporters, my team-mates, my coach, my president, I have to thank them too."

"We are in England for the first time and I win consecutive awards. This is a great moment for me. I know I have fans all over the world so thanks a lot for the support."

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane was named the best coach after beating Chelsea's Antonio Conte and Juventus's Massimiliano Allegri.

Zidane became the first coach to win back-to-back Champions League titles and led Real Madrid to their first La Liga title in five years.

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud won the FIFA Puskas Award for goal of the year.
Gianluigi Buffon won the best goalkeeper prize after he guided Juventus to a sixth consecutive Serie A title and managed 600 Champions League minutes without conceding a goal.

Scottish champions Celtic, meanwhile, picked up the Best Fans prize ahead of Borussia Dortmund and FC Copenhagen supporters.

·   Best Men's Player: Cristiano Ronaldo 
·   Best Women's Player: Lieke Martens
·   Puskas Award: Olivier Giroud 
·   Best Men's Coach: Zinedine Zidane
·   Best Women's Coach: Sarina Wiegman 
·   Best Goalkeeper: Gianluigi Buffon
·   Best Fans: Celtic 
·   Fair Play: Francis Kone

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