The Real Madrid and Portuguese forward beat his long-term rival Lionel Messi to the prestigious FIFA The Best Men’s Award in a ceremony in London.

The 32-year-old who helped his club to a second successive Champions league trophy, coupled with leading his country to a first ever major title is now the most individually decorated player in modern football.


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Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane was named best men’s coach as Netherlands boss Sarina Wiegman won the female coach award. Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud received the Puskas award for the best goal of 2017, while Celtic Football club won the best fans.

Francis Kone who was absent at the Award ceremony was presented with the FIFA Fair play award for his medical heroics – he has saved three opposition footballer lives in his 8-year career.

Dutch footballer Lieke Martens of Barcelona the was named the world’s best female player 2017.

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