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Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo wins Globe Soccer Best Player award

The FC crew rate the first half of the season for Barcelona and Real Madrid, as Barca continue to run away with La Liga.

Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Best Player of the Year accolade at the Globe Soccer Awards.

Real Madrid’s Ronaldo retained the award, making it four wins overall, after helping his club defend the Champions League and win the Liga title.

The 32-year-old, who also won his fifth Ballon d’Or, the UEFA Best Player in Europe and FIFA’s The Best Award this year, said at the Globe Soccer Awards in Dubai: “It’s a special moment and I am very happy to receive this award.

“I would like to thank the coach, my teammates and Real Madrid. Thanks to the people that voted for me, and do the same next year!”

Ronaldo, who has scored 42 goals this year, was asked whether he had room for all his trophies and replied: “Don’t worry, I have a lot of space!”

Real were named Club of the Year, with boss Zinedine Zidane collecting the Coach of the Year award.

“Thanks to the president, who gave me the opportunity to coach this team,” Zidane said.

“Without these players it wouldn’t have been possible to win this trophy. I’ve just started in this, being a coach is a very difficult job and there are a lot of very good coaches around.”

La Liga was voted League of the Year, China coach Marcello Lippi was presented with the Coach Career Award and Roma legend Francesco Totti and ex-Barcelona captain Carles Puyol won the Player Career Award.

Other winners included Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone, who picked up the Master Coach Special Award, and Egypt coach Hector Cuper, named Best Arab National Team Coach.

Adriana Garcia is a Valencia-based football writer who covers La Liga for ESPN FC.


Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has been named Best European Sportsperson of 2017, as voted by a cast of international news outlets.

Los Blancos’ official website confirmed Ronaldo won the award for a second year in a row, ahead of Lewis Hamilton, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

The Portugal captain was pivotal once more as Real won La Liga and the UEFA Champions League last term.

Ronaldo scored 42 goals across the the two major competitions and also provided 37 assists for his team.

The award is given by the Polish PAP agency, with 26 news organisations involved in the voting process.

However, Ronaldo might struggle to win the award next year, with Real languishing 14 points behind Barcelona in the current race for the La Liga title.

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