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Ronaldo retains his best player crown at Fifa awards bash

 

By Tom Allnutt

Cristiano Ronaldo won the Fifa men's player of the year award for the second year running last night.

Ronaldo retained the prize after scoring 44 goals in 48 appearances in 2017, including 33 for Real Madrid and 11 for Portugal.

The forward collected his award at a ceremony held at the London Palladium with fellow nominees Lionel Messi and Neymar both in the crowd.

"Thank you a lot to the guys for voting for me," Ronaldo said. "I want to give a mention to Leo and Neymar to be here, Real Madrid supporters, my team-mates, my coach, my president - they support me all the year so I have to say thank you to them."

Celtic fans were recognised with a gong as they won the award of best fans for their tribute to the Lisbon Lions in May - the 50th anniversary of the club winning the European Cup.

Celtic chairman Ian Bankier said: "This is an incredible honour. I want to thank Fifa and all the fans who voted for us."

Arsenal's Olivier Giroud won the Fifa Puskas Award for best goal after his 'scorpion-kick' against Crystal Palace, while Chelsea boss Antonio Conte lost out to Zinedine Zidane in the battle for men's coach of the year after the Frenchman became the first manager to win back-to-back Champions League titles.

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