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By Chineze Ogugua

Cristiano Ronaldo has beaten Lionel Messi and Neymar to win The Best FIFA Men’s Player award for the second consecutive year at the ceremony in London.

Cristiano Ronaldo

The Real Madrid star has been touted to win the award and tie Lionel Messi on five after he led Madrid to a third Champions League crown in four seasons and a first La Liga title in five years, as well as the FIFA Club World Cup.

Ronaldo scored twice as Madrid beat Juventus 4-1 in the Champions League final, while also finishing top scorer in the competition with 12 goals.

As voted by top coaches, players and leaders of Football associations, Ronaldo pulled 43.16 percent of the total votes, while Lionel Messi came away with 19.25 percent and Neymar just 6.97 percent.

After receiving the award, Ronaldo thanked his teammates and fans while also dedicating the award to his family and teammates on his instagram handle.

“Thank you a lot to the guys for voting for me, I want to give a mention to Leo and Neymar to be here, Real Madrid supporters, my teammates, my coach, my president –they support me all the year so I have to say thank you to them.”

“We are in England for the first time and I win consecutive awards. This is a great moment for me.”

On his competition with Messi, he said: “I do not compete with Leo. We are sharing the same era, he won the trophy five times and I did it another five…”

“I’m just happy, I play in the best club in the world and I have the possibility to prove that I am still at a high level high.”

In other awards, Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane was named The Best FIFA Men’s Coach, Dutch coach Sarina Wiegman received the women’s coach award after winning Euro 2017 this summer while Netherlands’ Lieke Martens won The Best FIFA Women’s Player award.

Gianluigi Buffon was named The Best FIFA Goalkeeper for his play with Juventus and Italy and also got  named to the FIFPro World 11 for the first time in a decade.

Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud won the Puskas Award for the year’s best goal after his acrobatic scorpion kick against Crystal Palace in the Premier League in January while Celtic received the FIFA Fan Award for their 360-degree tifo display honouring the 50th anniversary of their European Cup-winning team.

The Fair Play Award went to Slovacko’s Francis Kone, who saved the life of Martin Berkovec during a Czech First League game, after the Bohemians goalkeeper was knocked unconscious in a collision with a teammate.

The FIFPRO WORLD XI ARE:

Goalkeeper: Gianluigi Buffon

Defenders: Dani Alves, Leonardo Bonucci, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo

Midfielders: Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Andres Iniesta

Forwards: Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar

Here is how the top coaches voted as released by FIFA:

Voter First Second Third
Jorge Sampaoli Lionel Messi Cristiano Ronaldo Marcelo
Ange Postecoglou Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi Gianluigi Buffon
Robert Prosinecki Lionel Messi Cristiano Ronaldo Luka Modric
Roberto Martinez Eden Hazard Cristiano Ronaldo Luka Modric
Marcello Lippi Cristiano Ronaldo Luka Modric Gianluigi Buffon
Jose Pekerman Lionel Messi Luka Modric Robert Lewandowski
Ante Cacic Cristiano Ronaldo Luka Modric Lionel Messi
Hector Cuper Lionel Messi Cristiano Ronaldo Neymar
Gareth Southgate Cristiano Ronaldo Luka Modric Toni Kroos
Didier Deschamps Cristiano Ronaldo Neymar Gianluigi Buffon
Joachim Low Toni Kroos Manuel Neuer Neymar
Carlos Queiroz Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi Neymar
Giampiero Ventura Cristiano Ronaldo Gianluigi Buffon Lionel Messi
Juan Carlos Osorio Cristiano Ronaldo Arturo Vidal Marcelo
Herve Renard Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi Neymar
Dick Advocaat Lionel Messi Cristiano Ronaldo Neymar
Michael O’Neill Cristiano Ronaldo Eden Hazard N’Golo Kante
Fernando Santos Cristiano Ronaldo Luka Modric Lionel Messi
Martin O’Neill Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi Eden Hazard
Gordon Strachan Luka Modric N’Golo Kante Lionel Messi
Julen Lopetegui Sergio Ramos Dani Carvajal Andres Iniesta
Mircea Lucescu Lionel Messi Sergio Ramos Luka Modric
Andriy Shevchenko Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi Gianluigi Buffon
Oscar Tabarez Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi Luis Suarez
Bruce Arena Cristiano Ronaldo Luka Modric Eden Hazard
Chris Coleman Sergio Ramos Luka Modric Harry Kane

Below is how the players themselves voted:

Lionel Messi Luis Suarez Andres Iniesta Neymar
Henrikh Mkhitaryan Cristiano Ronaldo Gianluigi Buffon Neymar
Mile Jedinak Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi Luka Modric
Eden Hazard N’Golo Kante Cristiano Ronaldo Luka Modric
Edin Dzeko Cristiano Ronaldo Gianluigi Buffon Lionel Messi
Dani Alves Neymar Lionel Messi Cristiano Ronaldo
James Rodriguez Cristiano Ronaldo Sergio Ramos Robert Lewandowski
Luka Modric Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi Toni Kroos
Jordan Henderson Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi Luis Suarez
Ragnar Klavan Cristiano Ronaldo Eden Hazard Lionel Messi
Hugo Lloris Cristiano Ronaldo Sergio Ramos Harry Kane
Manuel Neuer Toni Kroos Robert Lewandowski Arturo Vidal
Gianluigi Buffon Cristiano Ronaldo Paulo Dybala Luka Modric
Ki Sung-yueng Cristiano Ronaldo Luka Modric Lionel Messi
Andres Guardado Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi Gianluigi Buffon
Stevan Jovetic Lionel Messi Neymar Cristiano Ronaldo
Arjen Robben Cristiano Ronaldo Sergio Ramos Marcelo
John Obi Mikel Lionel Messi Cristiano Ronaldo Gianluigi Buffon
Steven Davis Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi Luka Modric
Robert Lewandowski Manuel Neuer Arturo Vidal Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo Luka Modric Sergio Ramos Marcelo
Seamus Coleman Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi Paulo Dybala
Vlad Chiriches Cristiano Ronaldo Neymar Marcelo
Igor Akinfeev Cristiano Ronaldo Arturo Vidal Gianluigi Buffon
Scott Brown Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi Neymar
Branislav Ivanovic Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi Neymar
Martin Skrtel Cristiano Ronaldo Luis Suarez Sergio Ramos
Sergio Ramos Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi Luka Modric
Stephan Lichtsteiner Cristiano Ronaldo Sergio Ramos Gianluigi Buffon
Emmanuel Adebayor Cristiano Ronaldo Neymar Gianluigi Buffon
Diego Godin Luis Suarez Antoine Griezmann Lionel Messi
Michael Bradley Cristiano Ronaldo Sergio Ramos Lionel Messi

Congratulations to the winners!

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