Fifa best player 2017 Cristiano Ronaldo
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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 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

The Best, in full
Men’s Player: Cristiano Ronaldo
Women’s Player: Lieke Martens
Men’s Coach: Zinedine Zidane
Women’s Coach: Sarina Wiegman
Goalkeeper: Gianluigi Buffon
Puskás Award: Olivier Giroud
Fan Award: Celtic supporters
Fair Play Award: Francis Kone
World11: Gianluigi Buffon; Dani Alves, Leonardo Bonucci, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo; Toni Kroos, Andres Iniesta, Luka Modric; Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Neymar.

Team of the season:

Thousands of football players from around the world voted for their 11 peers who form this season’s FIFA FIFPro World11, which was also revealed in London:

The Best FIFA Men’s Player: Cristiano Ronaldo
The Best FIFA Women’s Player: Lieke Martens
The Best FIFA Men’s Coach: Zinedine Zidane
The Best FIFA Women’s Coach: Sarina Wiegman
The Best FIFA Goalkeeper: Gianluigi Buffon

Of great goals and fans
Two awards were voted for directly by football fans from all around the world, who had their say on FIFA.com:

Goalkeeper: Gianluigi Buffon
Defenders: Dani Alves, Leonardo Bonucci, Marcelo, Sergio Ramos
Midfielders: Andres Iniesta, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric
Strikers: Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Neymar

 

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