Cristiano Ronaldo was named the world’s best male player at the 2017 Best FIFA Football Awards.
The award capped off a sensational year for the Real Madrid and Portugal star, who edged out Lionel Messi and Neymar in the final ballot, helped Real to a Champions League and La Liga double in 2016-17.
Amazing feeling to have won this award again. Want to dedicate to my family, my friends, my teammates and coaches from both Real Madrid and Portuguese NT and everyone who supported me. pic.twitter.com/umpYMo1JZg
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) October 23, 2017
This year marked a change in the voting system as the player and coach categories were voted on by national team captains and managers, selected journalists and, for the first time, an online poll of fans. Each accounted for 25% of the total.
“In total, Cristiano Ronaldo accrued 43.16 % of the total vote, while Lionel Messi fined with 19.25 and Neymar was a distant third with 6.97% of the vote.”
Zimbabwe Captain Knowledge Musona gave Cristiano Ronaldo his first place vote, while Messi and Chelsea’s Eden Hazard were second and third respectively on his ballot. In the coaches section, Zimbabwe coach Norman Mapeza also gave Ronaldo his first place vote, while he Messi and Toni Kroos were second and third respectively on his ballot.
Messi voted for Barcelona team-mate Luis Suarez as his best player, while Ronaldo also opted for a team-mate at Real Madrid Luka Modric.
You can see the full list here.
Meanwhile, Lieke Martens of Barcelona and the Netherlands won best female player, Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane was named best men’s coach and Netherlands’ Sarina Wiegman the best female coach in the other individual award categories.