London, UK: Real Madrid and Portugal Striker, Cristiano Ronaldo won #TheBest FIFA Men’s Player for a second year running, while Holland international who starred at Euro 2017, Lieke Martens was unveiled as the #TheBest FIFA Women’s Player 2017, at ‘The Best’ football awards, which took place at the London Palladium tonight (Monday).
Lieke Martens, who scored three goals in Holland’s triumphant Euro 2017 campaign and won the tournament’s golden ball award, was unable to attend due to Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier against Norway but received her trophy from Marco van Basten while preparing with the national team.
Real Madrid and Portugal forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, retained the title he won in 2016 in a vote between national team players, coaches, media and fans – meaning that he has now been named Fifa’s top male footballer five times. He took 43.16% of the total vote, reflecting a year in which he won a Champions League and La Liga double with Real Madrid.
That means Cristiano Ronaldo has now drawn level with Lionel Messi who has also won the award five times. Lionel Messi has previously won five FIFA Ballon d’Or (as it used to be known) awards, four of which he won consecutively,
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lieke Martens both saw their coaches win awards, Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane taking the men’s prize and the Holland manager, Sarina Wiegman, earning the women’s equivalent. Olivier Giroud’s scorpion-style finish against Crystal Palace on New Year’s Day won the Puskas Award for the best goal, while Gianluigi Buffon was named best goalkeeper. Celtic were given the fan award while the former Slovacko striker Francis Koné received the fair play trophy.
Hackney-born actor Idris Elba moderated while London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, briefly addressed the audience before the start. From 2010 until 2015 Fifa’s annual awards gala was known as the Fifa Ballon d’Or and organised in tandem with France Football, but that arrangement subsequently ended.