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Ronaldo beats Messi to win FIFA best player award

Cristiano Ronaldo was named the world’s best player at the 2017 Best Fifa Football Awards at the London Palladium.

Real Madrid and Portugal forward Ronaldo, 32, beat Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Paris St-Germain’s Neymar to the honour.

Ronaldo helped Real to a Champions League-La Liga double in 2016-17.

Also at Monday’s award ceremony, Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane was named The Best FIFA Men’s Coach.

Zidane won the award over fellow finalists Massimiliano Allegri of Juventus and Antonio Conte of Chelsea, both of whom won domestic league titles this year.

In a new award this year, Gianluigi Buffon was named The Best FIFA Goalkeeper for his play with Juventus and Italy. Buffon was also named to the FIFPro World 11 for the first time in a decade.

Buffon guided Juve to a sixth consecutive Serie A title and managed 600 Champions League minutes without conceding a goal. The 39-year-old held off competition from fellow nominees Keylor Navas of Real Madrid and Manuel Neuer of Bayern Munich.

“I am very happy, for me it is a great honour to receive this award at my age,” Buffon said. “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.”

Netherlands’ Lieke Martens won The Best FIFA Women’s Player award over two-time winner Carli Lloyd of the U.S., while Dutch coach Sarina Wiegman won the women’s coach award after winning Euro 2017 this summer.

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.

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.

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