Cristiano Ronaldo pips Lionel Messi to win FIFA Best Player Award

Cristiano Ronaldo was named the 2017 Best FIFA Men's Player of the Year at a star-studded ceremony in London on Monday. The Portuguese forward, who won last year's inaugural award, fired Real Madrid to the La Liga title and scored 12 goals as the Spanish giants won the Champions League.

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Real Madrid and Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo kisses the trophy after winning The Best FIFA Men's Player of 2017 award. (AFP)

Real Madrid and Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo kisses the trophy after winning The Best FIFA Men's Player of 2017 award. (AFP)

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Ronaldo (L) came to the ceremony with partner Georgina Rodriguez (R) and son Cristiano Ronaldo Jr. (AFP)

Ronaldo (L) came to the ceremony with partner Georgina Rodriguez (R) and son Cristiano Ronaldo Jr. (AFP)

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Along with Ronaldo, Paris Saint-Germain’s Brazilian striker Neymar and Barcelona’s Argentinian player Lionel Messi were also in race for the Best Player Award. (REUTERS)

Along with Ronaldo, Paris Saint-Germain’s Brazilian striker Neymar and Barcelona’s Argentinian player Lionel Messi were also in race for the Best Player Award. (REUTERS)

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Ronaldo has scored 44 goals in just 48 games for club and country so far this calendar year, including two in a 4-1 Champions League final win over Juventus. (AFP)

Ronaldo has scored 44 goals in just 48 games for club and country so far this calendar year, including two in a 4-1 Champions League final win over Juventus. (AFP)

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Ronalso and Messi both have five Men’s Player of the Year awards. (AFP)

Ronalso and Messi both have five Men’s Player of the Year awards. (AFP)

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The ceremony was also attended by greats like Diego Maradona and Ronaldo. (AFP)

The ceremony was also attended by greats like Diego Maradona and Ronaldo. (AFP)

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Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane won The Best FIFA Men's Coach of 2017 Award. (AFP)

Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane won The Best FIFA Men's Coach of 2017 Award. (AFP)

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Arsenal and France forward Olivier Giroud won the 2017 FIFA Puskas Award for the most beautiful goal. (AFP)

Arsenal and France forward Olivier Giroud won the 2017 FIFA Puskas Award for the most beautiful goal. (AFP)

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Actor Idris Elba poses for a selfie with FIFA FIFPro World 11 players Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Dani Alves, Sergio Ramos, Leonardo Bonucci, Marcelo and Gianluigi Buffon. (REUTERS)

Actor Idris Elba poses for a selfie with FIFA FIFPro World 11 players Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Dani Alves, Sergio Ramos, Leonardo Bonucci, Marcelo and Gianluigi Buffon. (REUTERS)

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