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Cristiano Ronaldo beats Lionel Messi to FIFA Best Men's player award

Posted By: Patience Rutayisire - On:24/10/2017
Cristiano Ronaldo was named Best FIFA Men's Player ahead of Lionel Messi for the second successive year.

The Real Madrid forward received 43.16 per cent of the total votes and was presented with the 2017 award by Diego Maradona and former Brazil striker Ronaldo at the London ceremony after beating off competition from Messi and the world's most expensive player, Neymar.

Cristiano Ronaldo has been named Best FIFA men's player at an awards ceremony in LondonCristiano Ronaldo has been named Best FIFA men's player at an awards ceremony in London

FIFA introduced the 'Best Football Awards' last season after splitting with France Football magazine, which meant they had to end their association with the Ballon d'Or award.

Lionel Messi (R) and Cristiano Ronaldo (L) were both up nominees for the Best FIFA Men's Player

Messi and Ronaldo did not vote for each other in any of their three nominations for the award.

"Thank you a lot, to the guys who voted for me," Ronaldo said. "Real supporters, my team-mates, my coach, my president, I have to thank them too.

"We are in England for the first time and I win consecutive awards. This is a great moment for me. I know I have fans all over the world so thanks a lot for the support."

Asked how many times he could win the accolade, Ronaldo said: "I want seven. Five is good but seven is my lucky number so seven would be great.

 

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