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PIX: Ronaldo beats Messi again to retain FIFA world best player award

Last updated on: October 24, 2017 09:58 IST

Real Madrid's French coach Zinedine Zidane won the manager of the year trophy for his part in the club's success.

Cristiano Ronaldo

IMAGE: Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after winning the FIFA best player award. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Real Madrid's Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo was crowned the best soccer player in the world for the second year running at FIFA's The Best awards gala in London on Monday.

The four-time Ballon d'Or winner won a La Liga and Champions League double with the Madrid club this year, striking twice against Juventus in the European Cup final to help Real become the first team to retain the trophy in its current format.

 

Barcelona's Argentina forward Lionel Messi, who has won the Ballon d'or five times, and Paris St Germain's Brazil forward Neymar were runners up for the award voted for by national team coaches and captains plus the media and fans.

IMAGE: Cristiano Ronaldo, left, with Lionel Messi during FIFA's The Best awards gala in London on Monday. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

The Best FIFA Men's Player award and the Ballon d'or, which is voted for only by the media, are now separate awards.

Real Madrid's French coach Zinedine Zidane won the manager of the year trophy for his part in the club's success.

IMAGE: Cristiano Ronaldo, left, with Zinedine Zidane, who won the manager of the year. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Five Real players were named in the best XI of the year, with Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos joining Ronaldo, while Messi, Neymar, Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Dani Alves (PSG), Leonardo Bonucci (AC Milan) and Andres Iniesta (Barcelona) were also selected.

IMAGE: Actor Idris Elba poses for a selfie with FIFA FIFPro World 11 players including Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Dani Alves, Sergio Ramos, Leonardo Bonucci, Marcelo and Gianluigi Buffon. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud won the Puskas Award for the best goal of the year, which was the Frenchman's scorpion kick against Crystal Palace, and Buffon was declared best goalkeeper.

IMAGE: Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo is congratulated by former Argentina player Diego Maradona. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

The Netherlands' Lieke Martens won best female player of the year, while the Dutch women's national team coach Sarina Weigman was voted best manager after the team's triumph at Euro 2017.

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