Cristiano Ronaldo Wins FIFA Best Player Award For Fifth Time

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Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo retained his Fifa men's player of the year crown after scoring 44 goals in 48 appearances in 2017, including 33 for Real Madrid and 11 for Portugal.

Cristiano Ronaldo was named the world's best male player at the 2017 Best Fifa Football Awards in London.  

The Real Madrid and Portugal forward beat Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Paris St-Germain's Neymar to the honour.

"Thanks a lot for voting for me," said Ronaldo after receiving his trophy from Argentina great Diego Maradona and Brazil's Ronaldo at the London Palladium theatre. "I mention Leo and Neymar, great to be here. Real Madrid supporters, my team-mates, my coach, they all support me all year. "We are in England for the first time and I win consecutive awards," he added. "This is a great moment for me.  I have fans all over the world."

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 was named the women's player of the year.

-Devashree Goenka