Cristiano Ronaldo named Best FIFA Men’s Player of 2016-17

The Real Madrid star has won the award for the second year in a row after leading the Blancos to a Liga and Champions League double

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has been named Best FIFA Men’s Player of 2016-17.

Ronaldo takes home the award for the second year in a row, as he managed to defeat competition from fellow finalists Neymar and Lionel Messi at the awards ceremony in London.

The 32-year-old turned in another stunning campaign for Madrid in 2016-17 as he led the Blancos to a La Liga and Champions League double, including a brace in the Champions League final against Juventus. 

Ronaldo netted 25 times in La Liga last term and added 12 goals in the Champions League to round off another sensational goalscoring season. 

Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid

The Best FIFA Men’s Player award was initially pared down to a shortlist of 24, which was named in August

From there, Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar were named the three finalists in September. 

The winner of the award was selected by the current coaches from every FIFA men’s national team, the current captains of every FIFA men’s national team, one journalist from each territory represented by a national team and fans from all over the world registered on FIFA.com. 

Ronaldo also took home the inagural Best FIFA Men’s Player award in 2016. FIFA formerly awarded the Ballon d'Or in conjuction with the magazine France Football, but the two sides split apart last year. 

France Football still awards the Ballon d'Or, and it is expected the Ronaldo will equal Messi with his fifth such prize when the award is announced in December. 

The Best FIFA Men’s Player nod wasn't the only honour Ronaldo picked up on the evening, as he was also named to the FIFPro World 11 for the 11th year in a row.

Elsewhere on the night, Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud won the FIFA Puskas Award for the best goal of 2016-17, Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane took home the Men's Coach of the Year prize, and Juventus veteran Gianluigi Buffon was named the Best FIFA Goalkeeper.

Ronaldo has scored just one La Liga goal in five appearances thus far in 2017-18, but has picked up the slack in Europe with five goals in just three Champions League appearances.