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Cristiano Ronaldo beats Lionel Messi to win FIFA best player award

24 Ottobre, 2017, 04:33 | Autore: Lucilla Lucia
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Cristiano Ronaldo won his fifth FIFA men's player of the year award and then said he wants seven to match his lucky number.

Strachan chose to highlight Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim, who took the club to the semi-finals of the Champions League last season as well as to the Ligue 1 title.

Players and managers from around the world flocked to the London Palladium, suited and booted for the second ever edition of the Best FIFA awards.

South Africa coach Stuart Baxter was another who didn't include Ronaldo in his top three, instead opting for Messi, Eden Hazard and Andres Iniesta.

Speaking after he was presented with his award, Ronaldo said: "Thanks a lot for voting for me", said the Portuguese superstar.

Ronaldo saw off arch-enemy Lionel Messi and Neymar to win the prize. "I am really glad, this is a great moment for me". Thank you to all my fans all over the world. "Thank you very much".

Celtic supporters won the Fan Award, recognising their celebrations in May for the 50th anniversary of the club winning the European Cup. Have your say in the comments section below.

The Best FIFA Men's Player award was initially pared down to a shortlist of 24, which was named in August .

The Frenchman's superb 'scorpion kick' goal scored for Arsenal against Crystal Palace in the English Premier League last January gave him the honour.

The Netherlands side that won the 2017 women's Euros enjoyed double delight.

In the women's category, Lieke Martens was voted The Best FIFA Women's Player for her role in the Netherlands' women team emerging champions at the 2017 European Women's Championship.

The Italian defender is perhaps one of the best placed players to judge, given his meetings with some of the game's most dangerous attackers in recent years.

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.

Also named was the Men's Team of the Season.

"It's great the two of them are playing in the same era because if one of them wins the other feels a little upset so he trains to improve his game".