By Boluwatife Ezekiel Olaleye
Cristiano Ronaldo beat Lionel Messi and Neymar to retain his crown as the Men’s Player of the Year at Fifa’s Best Football Awards 2017 in London on Monday night.
The ceremony – which took place at the London Palladium – is the second since the Fifa award once again split from France Football’s Ballon d’Or prize last year.
“Thank you a lot to the guys for voting for me,” Ronaldo said.
“(I want) To give a mention to Leo and Neymar to be here, Real Madrid supporters, my team-mates, my coach, my president – they support me all the year so I have to say thank you to them.
“We are in England for the first time and I win consecutive awards. This is a great moment for me.”
Real Madrid’s French coach Zinedine Zidane won the manager of the year trophy for his part in the club’s success while Lieke Martens won the Women’s Best Player award after a fine year in which the Barcelona star won Euro 2017 with Netherlands.
Cristiano Ronaldo wins Best Player in London ceremony (Getty Images)
Here is the full list of winners at the 2017 FIFA Best FIFA award.
The Best FIFA Men’s Player
The Best FIFA Women’s Player
The Best FIFA Men’s Coach
The Best FIFA Women’s Coach
The Best FIFA Goalkeeper
The FIFA Puskás Award
The FIFA Fan Award
The FIFA Fair Play Award
The Best FIFPro XI:
Buffon (Juventus), Dani Alves (PSG), Leonardo Bonucci (AC Milan), Sergio Ramos, Marcelo (Real Madrid), Luka Modric, Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Andreas Iniesta (Barcelona), Neymar (PSG), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)