12162017

Cristiano Ronaldo beats Lionel Messi to win Fifa best male player award

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo and boss Zinedine Zidane with their Best Fifa Football Awards.

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo and boss Zinedine Zidane with their awards.

Cristiano Ronaldo was named the world’s best male player at the 2017 Best Fifa Football Awards in London.

The Real Madrid and Portugal forward beat Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Paris St-Germain’s Neymar to the honour.

Ronaldo, 32, helped Real to a Champions League-La Liga double in 2016-17.

Lieke Martens of Barcelona and the Netherlands won best female player, Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane was named best men’s coach and Netherlands’ Sarina Wiegman the best female coach.

Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud received the Puskas award for the best goal of 2017 for his ‘scorpion kick’ against Crystal Palace in January.

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.

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At Celtic Park in May, 60,000 people created a visual display in honour of the Lisbon Lions

What’s the difference between the Ballon d’Or and Best Fifa?

This is the second edition of the Best Fifa Football Awards, which are different to the Ballon d’Or.

A version of the Ballon d’Or has been awarded by France Football magazine since 1956, but world football’s governing body has ended its association with that honour.

Instead, it introduced the Best Fifa Football Awards, with Ronaldo the first recipient of its main prize in January.

Voting for the player and coach categories was by national team captains and managers, selected journalists and, for the first time, an online poll of fans. Each accounted for 25% of the total.

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Best Fifa men’s player – Cristiano Ronaldo

It has been another hugely impressive year for Ronaldo, who won the inaugural Best Fifa Football Awards gong on the back of leading Portugal to victory at Euro 2016.

This year he scored two goals in Real’s 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.

Messi voted for Barcelona team-mate Luis Suarez as his best player, while Ronaldo also opted for a team-mate at Real – Luka Modric.

England boss Gareth Southgate went for Ronaldo.

Click here for a full breakdown of who voted for who

Best Fifa women’s player – Lieke Martens

Martens, 24, was instrumental in the Netherlands’ European Championship victory this summer, winning the player of the tournament accolade.

She saw off competition 2016 winner from Carli Lloyd of the United States and Deyna Castellanos, the 18-year-old Venezuela forward.

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Lieke Martens speaks via video link after winning her award

Fifpro World XI

Fifa made three changes to the side selected in 2016. Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon replaced Manuel Neuer, while AC Milan’s Leonardo Bonucci replaced Barcelona’s Gerard Pique in defence and PSG forward Neymar came in for Luis Suarez in attack.

The line-up featured five players from Real Madrid, two from Barcelona, two from PSG, one from Juventus and one from AC Milan. No Premier League players were included.

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Best men’s coach

Real ended last season as the champions of Spain for the first time since 2012 and champions of Europe for the second successive season.

Zidane won the award ahead of Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, who lifted the Premier League title in his first season, and Juventus’ Massimiliano Allegri, who led his team to a league and cup double in Serie A and Coppa Italia.

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 tournament title after a thrilling victory over Denmark in the final.

Sarina Wiegman receives her award via video link<!–

Sarina Wiegman receives her award via video link

Puskas award for best goal

The best goal of 2017 was, officially, scored by Arsenal’s Giroud.

It came in the Premier League match against Palace on New Year’s Day, the France forward converting a superb ‘scorpion’ kick volley in which he flicked an Alexis Sanchez cross from behind him over his shoulder and into the goal, via the crossbar, with his left heel.

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Olivier Giroud’s goal got 36.1% of the 792,062 votes

Best goalkeeper

A World Cup winner, a 10-time Serie A winner, and now Gianluigi Buffon is the first winner of the best goalkeeper award.

The veteran Italian helped Juventus to a sixth consecutive league title and went 600 minutes without conceding in the Champions League.

Buffon, 39, won the award ahead of Keylor Navas, part of a Real Madrid’s Champions League and La Liga double-winning side, and Manuel Neuer, who helped Bayern Munich win the Bundesliga.

“This is a great honour to receive this award at my age,” said Buffon.

Picture gallery

Idris Elba and world XI
Host Idris Elba took the opportunity to bolster his selfie count – including this one of the Fifa FifPro World XI…

Fair play award

The ceremony also included the Fair Play Award, which recognised the gesture by Togolese player Francis Kone, who performed life-saving first aid on Bohemians 1905’s goalkeeper Martin Berkovec during a Czech League game in February.

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