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Cristiano Ronaldo earned FIFA award for big moments, not a brilliant year

Cristiano Ronaldo earned FIFA award for big moments, not a brilliant year”

On Monday, FIFA's unpronounceable and grammatically pained The Best awards crowned Cristiano Ronaldo as the world's best player of 2017.

Ronaldo picked up the award in London after a stellar season that included a Spanish League title, Champions League victory and the Spanish Super Cup.

Lieke Martens, who scored in the final win over Denmark, won the player's award and Sarina Wiegman collected the coaching accolade.The Puskas Award for best goal went to Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud for a scorpion-style kick.

On Sunday evening Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane killed any lingering doubts about whether Cristiano Ronaldo was 2017's winner of the award and also gave a very convincing reason why he deserves a fifth such FIFA Men's Player of the Year award.

Last season, Real Madrid won La Liga for the first time since 2011-12, and became the first team to successfully defend the European Cup since Arrigo Sacchi guided AC Milan to back-to-back victories in 1988-89 and 1989-90.

Mundo Deportivo, one of the daily Catalan sport newspapers, go with the headline 'THE BEST OR NOT THE BEST' and then bring Shakespeare into proceedings. And thus, the greatest injustice in the history of football will be consummated'.

-Christiano Ronaldo wins 2016/2017 FIFA best player award for the second consecutive time. In return, Ronaldo scored goals for his coach when it really mattered.

"My team-mates, my coach, my president, they support all the year so I say thank you to them".

The Real Madrid star is by far the most popular player on Instagram, where photos of his daily life have attracted over 113 million followers as of October 2017.

Ronaldo, 32, helped Real to a brilliant Champions League-La Liga double in 2016-17.

"I'd like to thank all of the players for making this possible", Zidane said.

"He makes the difference in big games", Zidane said of his talisman at the London Palladium.

Messi reportedly thought that the exchange would be even worse. Barcelona star Lionel Messi was second with 19.25 %, while PSG star Neymar managed to get 6.97%.

Despite approaching his 40th birthday, Gianluigi Buffon proved that age is just a number by being named The Best FIFA Goalkeeper, with the Italian custodian on hand to pick up the inaugural award to celebrate the men between the sticks.



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