Cristiano Ronaldo was all smiles at the 2017 FIFA Awards ceremony, having beaten famous footballers – Lionel Messi (Argentina/Barcelona) and Neymar (Brazil/PSG) to the coveted trophy.
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The 2017 FIFA Men’s Best Player Award, often seen as an equivalent to the Ballon d’Or, was handed to Ronaldo for his exploits with Real Madrid and Portugal.
C. Ronaldo scored a total of 45 goals in 48 matches this year. Eleven out of the total number was for Portugal, who were crowned winners of Euro 2016. Portugal defeated the hosts and two-time winners France 1–0 after extra time, with a goal from substitute Eder.
The former Manchester United winger’s contributions guaranteed Madrid a La Liga and Champions League double.
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Messi had a fine year with 49 goals and 11 assists in 50 matches but his team only won the Copa Del Rey, and as we’ve seen in the past, team success always seems to play a major role in who wins these awards.
Ronaldo was officially presented with the award on Monday at the Best FIFA Football Awards 2017 gala in London. It is the second consecutive time he has won the award.