Real Madrid star footballer Cristiano Ronaldo on 23 October 2017 was named the FIFA men’s player of the year during a star-studded night at the Best FIFA Football Awards. The Portugal striker was crowned as the best football player in the world for the second year running. He has now won the last two FIFA men’s trophies as well as three of the last four Ballon d’Or awards.
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 Argentine 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 by national team coaches and captains plus the media and fans.
Ronaldo has scored 44 goals in just 48 games for club and country so far this calendar year. The Best FIFA Men’s Player award and the Ballon d’Or, which is voted for only by the media, are now separate awards. Ronaldo had won the inaugural Best FIFA men’s player of the year award last year following the end of a six-year merger between the FIFA honour and France Football’s Ballon d’Or. The 32-year-old previously won the FIFA World Player of the Year award, the precursor to the Best FIFA award, in 2008.