Looks like there is no stopping Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo as the Portuguese skipper won the FIFA Men’s Player of the Year award for the second consecutive year. The Real Madrid goal machine beat the likes of Barcelona star Lionel Messi and world record transfer, PSG’s Neymar to win the prestigious award.
The award was first held in 2016 where Ronaldo, not to anyone’s surprise was the winner. This year again, CR7 won the prize at a gala ceremony in London on Monday. Ronaldo has been in sublime form for both club and country. The Portugal captain won the UEFA Euro 2016 last year with his national side. At Real, the striker helped the team to a third Champions League title in four seasons, a La Liga for the first time in five years and the FIFA Club World Cup. This shows the tremendous form and fitness that Cristiano Ronaldo has been this season.
The season has seen Ronaldo scoring goals almost at will. The striker scored the most number of goals this season and also became all time leading goal scorer in Champions League history. The award was given after receiving votes from coaches, media, and fans. Out of the total votes, Ronaldo received 43.16 percent; Lionel Messi got 19.25 percent and Neymar got just 6.97 percent. This was a sheer show of dominance by the Real Madrid striker.
Cristiano Ronaldo thanked his teammates at Portugal and Real Madrid. But most important, Ronaldo thanked the fans who have supported him right through his days at Old Trafford. The striker again had special words and emotions for England where he first burst onto the stage under the charismatic Sir Alex Ferguson. The next target for the Madrid is to win the 2017 Ballon d’Or in attempt to tie with Lionel Messi for most awards.
The night was not only about Cristiano Ronaldo, there were other awards given as well. Zinedine Zidane won the Best FIFA Men’s Coach for his exploits with Real Madrid in last two seasons. Gigi Buffon was named the Best FIFA Goalkeeper. The just ‘39′ year-old guided Juventus to the finals of the Champions League. He also kept a clean sheet in the competition for 600 minutes. Frenchman and Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud won the Puskas Award. The striker scored a tremendous goal against Crystal Palace with a scorpion kick off an Alexis Sanchez cross.
Celtic were named for the FIFA Fan Award while Togo’s Francis Kone was given the Fair Play Award. Kone saved the life of Martin Berkovec after the goalkeeper was knocked unconscious in Czech first league game.