Cristiano Ronaldo, Olivier Giroud… and Celtic the big winners as football royalty descends on London

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 Cristiano Ronaldo was recognised as the best player in the world

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CRISTIANO RONALDO was named Men’s Player of the Year at Fifa’s The Best awards – while Olivier Giroud walked home with the Puskas award.

Ronaldo made history with club Real Madrid when they last season became the first side ever to successfully defend the Champions League.

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Cristiano Ronaldo was recognised as the best player in the world

And it turned into a double celebration for the boys from Madrid as Zinedine Zidane scooped the men’s coach gong.

Superstar Ronaldo, who also led Portugal to victory at Euro 2016 and won last season’s La Liga on top of seeing off Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar to the trophy, said: “Thank you, the guys who voted on me. And a mention to Lionel [Messi] and Neymar.

“My team-mates, my coach, my president, they support all the year so I say thank you to them.

“We are in England for the first time and I win consecutive efforts so it is a great moment for me.

 Cristiano Ronaldo with Men's Player of the Year trophy at the Fifa's Best awards

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Cristiano Ronaldo with Men’s Player of the Year trophy at the Fifa’s Best awards
 Zinedine Zidane accept's the Men's Coach of the Year award from Claudio Ranieri

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Zinedine Zidane accept’s the Men’s Coach of the Year award from Claudio Ranieri
Arsenal star Olivier Giroud scores amazing Scorpion Kick goal against Crystal Palace

“I appreciate the support, thank you very much.

“It’s great to be here around these amazing players. I’m so happy, guys. Thank you very much.”


STING IN THE TAIL Olivier Giroud wins Puskas award for best goal


Ronaldo, who won the same award last year and becomes a five-time winner of Fifa’s best player award, played a typically integral part in Real Madrid claiming Europe’s top trophy for a second successive time.

The winger scored 12 goals in the process and continues, even at the age of 32, to be the spine of the Madrid side.

 Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi shake hands with the ceremony about to begin

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Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi shake hands with the ceremony about to begin
 Messi also shook hands with Cristiano Jr

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Messi also shook hands with Cristiano Jr
 The two rivals were sat next to each other as they went for the Men's award

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The two rivals were sat next to each other as they went for the Men’s award
 Messi and Argentina legend Diego Maradona embrace

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Messi and Argentina legend Diego Maradona embrace
 Messi with wife Antonella Roccuzzo

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Messi with wife Antonella Roccuzzo
 Actor Idris Elba presented the Awards ceremony

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Actor Idris Elba presented the Awards ceremony
 Best player nominee Neymar arrived in a maroon suit

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Best player nominee Neymar arrived in a maroon suit
 Chelsea and England legend Frank Lampard

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Chelsea and England legend Frank Lampard
 Chelsea boss Antonio Conte was nominated for the coach of the year award

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte was nominated for the coach of the year award
 Brazilian legend Ronaldo was in attendance at the bash in London

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Brazilian legend Ronaldo was in attendance at the bash in London

Messi had to settle for second best at the glitzy bash at the London Palladium while Neymar finished third in the voting.

Gunners forward Giroud was honoured with the Best Goal gong after his incredible effort against Crystal Palace.

He said: “Thank you very much. It’s an honour for me. I’m delighted to receive this trophy in front of legends of football.

“I’d like to thank the people who voted for me. I’d like to thank the other nominees who scored amazing goals too.

 Cristiano Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane share their success

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Cristiano Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane share their success
 Messi and Antonella on the red carpet at the London Palladium

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Messi and Antonella on the red carpet at the London Palladium
 Harry Kane poses with girlfriend Katie Goodland

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Harry Kane poses with girlfriend Katie Goodland
 Diego Maradona with girlfriend Rocio Oliva - who is 30 years younger

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Diego Maradona with girlfriend Rocio Oliva – who is 30 years younger
 Former Chelsea manager Ruud Gullit

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Former Chelsea manager Ruud Gullit

“Obviously I thank my team-mates too. Without them I cannot score this goal.”

Master of ceremonies Idris Elba added a touch of Hollywood glamour to proceedings.

And he was joined in lighting up the red carpet by actress Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Fifa’s Best awards winners

  • Men’s player – Cristiano Ronaldo
  • Women’s player – Lieke Martens
  • Men’s coach – Zinedine Zidane
  • Women’s coach – Sarina Wiegman
  • Puskas award – Olivier Giroud
  • Best goalkeeper – Gianluigi Buffon
  • Fans’ award – Celtic
  • Fair Play award – Francis Kone

 

 Dani Alves - in his dodgy suit - with girlfriend Joana Sanz

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Dani Alves – in his dodgy suit – with girlfriend Joana Sanz
 Claudio Ranieri won the coach of the year award last year after his Leicester heroics

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Claudio Ranieri won the coach of the year award last year after his Leicester heroics
 Hollywood actor Catherine Zeta-Jones is a Swansea City fan

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Hollywood actor Catherine Zeta-Jones is a Swansea City fan
Emotional Olivier Giroud wins Goal of the Year at the FIFA Football awards for his Scorpion Kick goal for Arsenal against Crystal Palace

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