Ron­aldo leads Real Madrid’s FIFA awards tri­umph

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Cris­tiano Ron­aldo’s stun­ning last sea­son saw him win the 2017 Best

FIFA men’s player of the year tro­phy as Real Madrid dom­i­nated a starstud­ded awards cer­e­mony in Lon­don. The Por­tuguese ace, who has scored 44 goals in just 48 games for club and coun­try so far this cal­en­dar year, played a ma­jor role in Real win­ning both La Liga and the Champions League. He scored twice in a 4-1 win over Ju­ven­tus in the con­ti­nen­tal fi­nal at Cardiff’s Mil­len­nium Sta­dium on

June 3. Ron­aldo saw off com­pe­ti­tion from long­stand­ing Barcelona ri­val Lionel Messi and Paris Saint-ger­main’s Ney­mar, the world’s most ex­pen­sive player. Real boss Zine­dine Zi­dane took the cor­re­spond­ing man­ager of the year award, with the Span­ish giants pro­vid­ing five play­ers in the FIFPRO team of the year. Ron­aldo won the in­au­gu­ral Best FIFA men’s player of the year award last year fol­low­ing the end of a six-year merger be­tween the FIFA hon­our and the Bal­lon d’or. “We are in Eng­land for the first time and I win con­sec­u­tive awards,” Ron­aldo said. “This is a great mo­ment for me. I have fans all over the world.”

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