Breaking Gist: Cristiano Ronaldo Wins The Best FIFA Award
Cristiano Ronaldo has been named the best player in the world by Fifa for a second consecutive year, he has caught up with Lionel Messi to become a five-time winner of FIFA’s best player award.
The Real Madrid forward beat out fellow nominees Lionel Messi and Neymar to claim the prize, which was given out along with Fifa’s other awards at the The Best FIFA Football Awards ceremony in London on Monday.
Ronaldo won the same award last year and continued his incredible success in 2016/2017.
— #TheBest ? (@FIFAcom) October 23, 2017
He starred as Real Madrid enjoyed their most successful season ever, winning the Champions League, La Liga, the Uefa Super Cup and the Fifa Club World Cup.
Ronaldo’s coach at Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, was crowned coach of the year. FIFA has shifted its award ceremony from its usual January slot to October so players are judged across a season based on the typical European schedule rather than the calendar year.
The women’s award honored the Netherlands’ success at the European Championship in August. Lieke Martens, who scored in the final win over Denmark, won the player’s award and Sarina Wiegman collected the coaching accolade.
The Puskas Award for best goal went to Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud for a scorpion-style kick. The Puskas Award-winning goal from an overhead back-heeled strike came on New Year’s Day in Arsenal’s 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace in the English Premier League.