It’s not a big surprise as almost everybody was expecting it – Cristiano Ronaldo won The Best FIFA Men’s Player award for the second time in a row. As this prize is a new thing in the world of football, Ronaldo is its only winner so far.
The Portuguese helped his side to win the titles in the Champions league, La Liga and the FIFA Club World Cup, so he can consider this season to be successful for both him and his teammates. He scored twice in the Champions League final as Real Madrid beat Juventus 4-1 and he was the top scorer of this competiton with 12 goals.
The award, which covers the period of Nov. 20, 2016, to July 2, 2017, is voted for by national team coaches, captains, selected media and fans. The final trio consisted of Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Messi’s former teammate Neymar.
Real Madrid can be happy with the results of this evening as Zinedine Zidane was awarded as The Best FIFA Men’s Coach, beating Antonio Conte and Massimiliano Allegri, the two Italian coaches.
In a brand new award this year, Gianluigi Buffon managed to win the prize for The Best FIFA Goalkeeper as he was able to remain in his top form for the whole season. The Italian keeper also appeared in the FIFPro World 11.
Buffon was very happy to get the prize as he said, according to ESPN: “I am very happy, for me it is a great honour to receive this award at my age. I think the last year has been a fantastic season for Juventus and for me personally. It wasn’t enough to win in Europe and for this year I hope that we can play better and with the national team and Juventus.”
There was also the Fair Play Award to be announced and Slovácko’s Francis Koné (who used to play for Brno) won it – the player of the Czech team saved the life of goalkeeper Martin Berkovec during the match between Brno and Bohemians Prague, after the Bohemians goalkeeper was knocked unconscious in a collision with a teammate.