The Real Madrid forward was crowned player of the year at the FIFA Best ceremony at the London Palladium theatre attended by runner-ups Messi and third-placed Neymar.
A second successive honour for Ronaldo was expected after a season in which the Portuguese eclipsed his award counterparts in the trophy stakes.
As well as Spanish league and Spanish Super Cup success, Ronaldo scored twice in the Champions League final against Juventus to win European football’s elite competition for the third time in four seasons. Ronaldo’s coach at Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, was crowned coach of the year.
The star shared his thoughts on this achievement with FIFA.com directly afterwards.
Questions asked by FIFA to Ronaldo are as follows,
1)This is the second edition of The Best FIFA Football Awards, and it’s a second consecutive win for you. How do you feel?
Cristiano Ronaldo(CR): It’s a wonderful accolade. I really want to thank my team-mates. It’s a landmark moment in my career; a moment involving intense emotions.
2) This is the fifth time that you have been recognised as the greatest player in the world, when the different awards (FIFA World Player of the Year, FIFA Ballon d’Or and The Best) are taken into account. Does this place you among the best players to ever play the game?
CR: I’m happy to have won this award tonight, but what I originally wanted was to make a success of my footballing career and I think I’ve achieved that. Obviously, winning trophies, and being one of the players with the most individual awards in history, is a great source of pride. It’s an unforgettable moment in my life and it motivates me to continue performing at the highest level.
After beginning his career at Nacional in the Portuguese second division in 1995, Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro joined Primeira Liga team Sporting as a 17-year-old in 2002 – scoring on his debut in a 3-0 victory over Moreirense F.C. As he continued to impress, Ronaldo caught the eye of several top European clubs – including Arsenal and Barcelona – who approached to sign the winger, but would not meet his €15 million valuation.
3) And to keep lifting silverware with Real Madrid?
CR: Yes, of course – the FIFA Club World Cup is just around the corner, and that’s a trophy we also want to win. We already won the UEFA Super Cup and Spanish Super Cup against Manchester United and Barcelona. You get the opportunity to win everything at Real.
4) In addition, you have recently begun to accomplish great things with Portugal.
CR: Yes! The victory at EURO 2016 was incredibly important. Obviously, an international trophy was something I was lacking, and thanks to God we managed to win one. This year has also been good. The qualifying campaign was tricky, but it all worked out well in the end. Everyone – the players, coach and backroom staff – knew that we had to approach the qualifiers with the utmost seriousness, and we eventually made it to the World Cup after winning our last match against Switzerland.
Amazing feeling to have won this award again. Want to dedicate to my family, my friends, my teammates and coaches from both Real Madrid and Portuguese NT and everyone who supported me. pic.twitter.com/umpYMo1JZg
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) October 23, 2017
FIFA has shifted its award ceremony from its usual January slot to October so players are judged across a season based on the typical European schedule rather than the calendar year.
The women’s award honoured the Netherlands’ success at the European Championship in August. Lieke Martens, who scored in the final win over Denmark, won the player’s award and Sarina Wiegman collected the coaching accolade.
The Puskas Award for best goal went to Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud for a scorpion-style kick. The Puskas Award-winning goal from an overhead back-heeled strike came on New Year’s Day in Arsenal’s 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace in the English Premier League.
Source- Dawn.com, FIFA.com
Story by Keerti