Ronaldo beats Messi and Naymar

Cristiano Ronaldo retained his FIFA men's player of the year crown on Monday night, beating Lionel Messi and Neymar to earn the accolade of the world's best footballer.

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

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

Ronaldo's triumph stole the show, however, the 32-year-old receiving recognition for another stellar year in which he won both the Champions League and LaLiga with Real Madrid.

Lieke Martens won the women’s player award after inspiring Holland to victory on home soil at Euro 2017.The ceremony was held at the London Palladium.

- Chavini Abhayasinghe

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