Ronaldo and Zidane win top FIFA awards in London

Cristiano Ronaldo Zinedine Zidane

Cristiano Ronaldo was named the Men’s Player of the Year for the second year running at The Best FIFA Football Awards in London on Monday night.

The Real Madrid and Portugal star was all but a shoo-in for the reward, after helping his club to win the La Liga title and the Champions League trophy for the second time in a row.

He also finished top scorer in La Liga for the fifth straight season.

There were plenty of awards handed out prior to big one, however.

Ahead of the proceedings, there was a special moment when Ronaldo took his son over to meet his great rival Lionel Messi.

Cristiano Jr was clearly a big fan of the Barcelona star:

Ronaldo Messi

Then it was time for the awards.

Puskas Award

Olivier Giroud

The Puskas award for best goal of the season went to Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud for his incredible ‘scorpion kick’ against Palace:

“I’m delighted,” said Giroud. “I’d like to thank the people who voted for me and to congratulate the other nominees. Without my team-mates I could not score this goal.”

Best Men’s Coach

The best men’s coach award went to Zinedine Zidane, who was honoured for winning La Liga and back-to-back Champions League titles with Real Madrid.

The Frenchman edged out Chelsea boss Antonio Conte and Juve manager Max Allegri.

“My English is very bad,” said Zidane, before adding: “I’d like to thank all of the players for making this possible. This is a very special prize.”

Best Goalkeeper

Gianluigi Buffon

Gianluigi Buffon was named best goalkeeper.

The Juve legend went 600 minutes without conceding a goal in the Champions League.

“I have to speak in English, it is a difficult moment,” said Buffon.

“For me, I am very happy. It is a great honour to receive this award at my age. I am proud. I want to say thanks to my club, my coach, my team-mates because they help me to make it possible.

“I want to say thanks to all of the persons who voted for me. The last year has been fantastic for Juventus and for me personally. It wasn’t enough to win in Europe. For this year I hope that we can play better.”

Fan Award

Celtic won the fan award for honouring their heroic ‘Lisbon Lions’ with a 360-degree card display on the 50th anniversary of their historic European Cup win.

Best Women’s Coach

Netherlands boss Sarina Wiegman was named best women’s coach after winning Euro 2017. She wasn’t able to be in London because the Netherlands are playing Norway tomorrow night.

“I’m sorry I can’t be with you tonight but this is a honour,” Wiegman said in a recorded message. “Thank you very much!”

Fair Play Award

Francis Kone

The FIFA fair play award went to Slovacko’s Francis Kone, who saved Bohemians goalkeeper Martin Berkovec from choking to death after a sickening collision while playing in the Czech Republic.

Incredibly, it’s the fourth time Kone has done so in his career.

Best Women’s Player

The best women’s player award went to Lieke Martens, who won Euro 2017 with the Netherlands and also signed for Barcelona in the same year.

“Thanks you very much! I want to thank all my team-mates, without you I couldn’t achieve this. Also my family is a big part of it,” said Lieke, who like her coach wasn’t able to attend.

“My dad and mum, this one is also for you.”

FifPro World XI

FifPro World XI

The FifPro World XI was also revealed, featuring a star-studded dream line-up that any football fan would love to see in action.

The team:

Gianluigi Buffon; Dani Alves; Leonardo Bonucci; Sergio Ramos; Marcelo; Luka Modric; Toni Kroos; Andrés Iniesta; Lionel Messi; Cristiano Ronaldo; Neymar

All 11 players were in attendance and got together on the stage, posing for an epic selfie:

FifPro World XI

Best Men’s Player

Then finally it was time for the big one, as Ronaldo did his best to act surprised when he was named the best men’s player, beating former Barcelona team-mates Lionel Messi and Neymar to the top gong.

“Thanks a lot for voting for me,” Ronaldo said. “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. I am really glad, this is a great moment for me. I have fans all over the world.

“I appreciate that. It’s great to be here around great players, I am so happy guys. Thanks and have a great night.”

Cristiano Ronaldo

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