‘You are changing football’s history books!’ – Pele and football congratulate Ronaldo

Twitter went into a frenzy after Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo was named Best FIFA Men’s Player of 2016-17.

The 32-year-old took home the award for the second year in row, after edging Neymar and Lionel Messi at the awards ceremony in London.

In the year under review, Ronaldo led the Blancos to a La Liga and Champions League double, including two goals in the Champions League final against Juventus. 

Twitter fell over itself to applaud the forward with Pele leading the charge.

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Who did Messi, Ronaldo & the top stars vote for in the FIFA Best Men’s Player Award?

Lionel Messi chose Luis Suarez for the 2016-17 Best FIFA Men’s Player award, while eventual winner Cristiano Ronaldo picked Luka Modric to win the prize.

Ronaldo won the award in London on Tuesday — his second straight year being named Best FIFA Men’s Player.

Following the ceremony, FIFA released a list of the players each voter chose for the award. The voting contingent consisted of the national team captain, the national team coach and a journalist from every territory that fields a team on the international level.

Each voter selected a player for first place, second place and third place, with the recipients getting five points for a first-place vote, three points for second place and one point for third. Players were not allowed to vote for themselves.

Messi, as Argentina captain, selected Suarez in first place, Andres Iniesta in second and former Barca team-mate Neymar in third.

Portugal captain Ronaldo similarly went with only Real Madrid club-mates, selecting Modric in first, Sergio Ramos in second and Marcelo in third.

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Eden Hazard, Belgium’s captain, interestingly selected Chelsea team-mate N’Golo Kante in first, followed by Ronaldo and Modric.

Unsurprisingly, Dani Alves picked his club and international team-mate Neymar to win the award, with Messi and then Ronaldo following.


WHO DID THE TOP PLAYERS VOTE FOR?


Voter First Second Third
Lionel Messi Luis Suarez Andres Iniesta Neymar
Henrikh Mkhitaryan Cristiano Ronaldo Gianluigi Buffon Neymar
Mile Jedinak Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi Luka Modric
Eden Hazard N’Golo Kante Cristiano Ronaldo Luka Modric
Edin Dzeko Cristiano Ronaldo Gianluigi Buffon Lionel Messi
Dani Alves Neymar Lionel Messi Cristiano Ronaldo
James Rodriguez Cristiano Ronaldo Sergio Ramos Robert Lewandowski
Luka Modric Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi Toni Kroos
Jordan Henderson Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi Luis Suarez
Ragnar Klavan Cristiano Ronaldo Eden Hazard Lionel Messi
Hugo Lloris Cristiano Ronaldo Sergio Ramos Harry Kane
Manuel Neuer Toni Kroos Robert Lewandowski Arturo Vidal
Gianluigi Buffon Cristiano Ronaldo Paulo Dybala Luka Modric
Ki Sung-yueng Cristiano Ronaldo Luka Modric Lionel Messi
Andres Guardado Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi Gianluigi Buffon
Stevan Jovetic Lionel Messi Neymar Cristiano Ronaldo
Arjen Robben Cristiano Ronaldo Sergio Ramos Marcelo
John Obi Mikel Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi Gianluigi Buffon
Steven Davis Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi Luka Modric
Robert Lewandowski Manuel Neuer Arturo Vidal Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo Luka Modric Sergio Ramos Marcelo
Seamus Coleman Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi Paulo Dybala
Vlad Chiriches Cristiano Ronaldo Neymar Marcelo
Igor Akinfeev Cristiano Ronaldo Arturo Vidal Gianluigi Buffon
Scott Brown Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi Neymar
Branislav Ivanovic Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi Neymar
Martin Skrtel Cristiano Ronaldo Luis Suarez Sergio Ramos
Sergio Ramos Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi Luka Modric
Stephan Lichtsteiner Cristiano Ronaldo Sergio Ramos Gianluigi Buffon
Emmanuel Adebayor Cristiano Ronaldo Neymar Gianluigi Buffon
Diego Godin Luis Suarez Antoine Griezmann Lionel Messi
Michael Bradley Cristiano Ronaldo Sergio Ramos Lionel Messi

WHO DID THE TOP COACHES VOTE FOR?


Voter First Second Third
Jorge Sampaoli Lionel Messi Cristiano Ronaldo Marcelo
Ange Postecoglou Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi Gianluigi Buffon
Robert Prosinecki Lionel Messi Cristiano Ronaldo Luka Modric
Roberto Martinez Eden Hazard Cristiano Ronaldo Luka Modric
Marcello Lippi Cristiano Ronaldo Luka Modric Gianluigi Buffon
Jose Pekerman Lionel Messi Luka Modric Robert Lewandowski
Ante Cacic Cristiano Ronaldo Luka Modric Lionel Messi
Hector Cuper Lionel Messi Cristiano Ronaldo Neymar
Gareth Southgate Cristiano Ronaldo Luka Modric Toni Kroos
Didier Deschamps Cristiano Ronaldo Neymar Gianluigi Buffon
Joachim Low Toni Kroos Manuel Neuer Neymar
Carlos Queiroz Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi Neymar
Giampiero Ventura Cristiano Ronaldo Gianluigi Buffon Lionel Messi
Juan Carlos Osorio Cristiano Ronaldo Arturo Vidal Marcelo
Herve Renard Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi Neymar
Dick Advocaat Lionel Messi Cristiano Ronaldo Neymar
Michael O’Neill Cristiano Ronaldo Eden Hazard N’Golo Kante
Fernando Santos Cristiano Ronaldo Luka Modric Lionel Messi
Martin O’Neill Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi Eden Hazard
Gordon Strachan Luka Modric N’Golo Kante Lionel Messi
Julen Lopetegui Sergio Ramos Dani Carvajal Andres Iniesta
Mircea Lucescu Lionel Messi Sergio Ramos Luka Modric
Andriy Shevchenko Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi Gianluigi Buffon
Oscar Tabarez Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi Luis Suarez
Bruce Arena Cristiano Ronaldo Luka Modric Eden Hazard
Chris Coleman Sergio Ramos Luka Modric Harry Kane

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How Twitter reacted to Oscarine Masuluke losing Fifa Puskas Award

Oscarine Masuluke deserves to win the 2017 Fifa Puskas Award, according to Twitter.

Masuluke earned his place on the shortlist after scoring a stunning overhead kick in the 96th minute against Pirates in a PSL match last season.

Olivier Giroud took home the prize for his fabulous scorpion kick at the end of a superb team move against Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium on January 1.

But football fans took to social media to show their support for the 24-year-old shot-stopper.

Check out the best tweets and make up your own mind…

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Why ‘The Best’ is yet to come for Ronaldo and Real

Cristiano Ronaldo is again the best player in the world. That’s a fact even if right now it might not feel like it.

Cast your eye around Europe and you get the impression that maybe Lionel Messi or Kevin De Bruyne or Dries Mertens or Thiago Alcantara or Neymar deserves that title more based on their form.

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Harry Kane, Robert Lewandowski or Edinson Cavani might claim it on their goals.

But it’s Ronaldo; perhaps the only man who can claim to be “The Best” without actually being at his best.

“He hasn’t scored as much as Messi up to this moment but he had a wonderful season and won the Champions League,” says former Portugal team-mate Nuno Gomes.

“At the start of the season he was suspended so he missed a lot of games but I think he’s now coming back. I think he will have a wonderful season again.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Co.Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi

“For us as Portuguese it’s important to have Cristiano at a good moment to arrive in the World Cup.”

No doubt Ronaldo’s record of only one goal scored in five La Liga matches is in part responsible for Real Madrid’s underwhelming start to the season. Sunday passed with another relatively anonymous league display, this time against Eibar where he failed to trouble the opposition goalkeeper.

He has been in better touch in Europe where his goals against APOEL, Borussia Dortmund and Tottenham have helped Real to top spot in the group but far, far bigger tests are to come.

And what Ronaldo has repeatedly shown in the last few years is the bigger the game the more likely he will dominate it.

It’s Messi who is the world’s best goal scorer for 2017 with a total of 36 scored but – ultimately – what have they been worth?

When Messi scored the late winner at the Bernabeu and held aloft his No.10 shirt for the locals to see, that was an iconic moment.

But Ronaldo and Real still won the league – their first since 2012 and half of their first league and European Cup double for 60 years.

Besides, Ronaldo has far more iconic moments for the year and far more important ones too.

He matched Messi’s shirt-off stunt by netting a stunner in the Spanish Super Cup at Camp Nou. His was far more dramatic.

He scored all three goals in the last-ever Liga derby at the Vicente Calderon against Atletico Madrid. That place, and not just the Bernabeu, is his house. He got another treble in the Club World Cup final against Kashima Antlers in December. 

Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid

It was in the Champions League where Ronaldo really earned this award. He scored only two goals in his first eight matches of the competition last season but arguably the greatest factor in Real’s run to the title was Ronaldo’s return to form.

He followed up two goals in the quarter-final first leg against Bayern Munich with a hat-trick in the second. He scored another in the opening leg of the first leg against Atletico; another hat-trick that is, not another goal.

And then came the crowning glory. Many inside Juventus figured this would be their year to end their own Champions League drought. But the moment Ronaldo scored his first inside the Principality Stadium in Cardiff they must surely have realised the task was too much.

Ronaldo has an insistence on embedding himself right into the centre of any narrative. From the moment he slotted his second it was inevitable.

Cristiano Ronaldo Real MadridCristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid

Outscored by Messi, out-performed by team-mates who could legitimately claim to be more deserving of this award– Luka Modric chief among them – there is still the reality that any time you glance at a big match on the TV it’s Ronaldo there hogging the screen and the headlines.  

It’s all well and good netting in August, September and October but the meaningful prizes are not given out until May and June.

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“I believe Cristiano and Real Madrid will be better after the winter break,” says Gomes. “Sometimes for one reason or another, things don’t go well from the beginning. Even when they start not very good they do very well.”

Madrid as a whole will probably begin to peak in the spring and don’t be surprised when Ronaldo again makes a mockery of the analysis of his form coming this autumn.

He has swapped year-long consistency for impact only when it’s all on the line. “The Best” is yet to come. 

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

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.

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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. 

Messi, meanwhile, scored an incredible 54 goals in 52 appearances in all competitions last term, but only managed to get his hands on the Copa del Rey with Barca – and it was ultimately Madrid’s title wins that assured victory for their star forward.

“Thank you, a lot, to the guys who voted for me. I must also mention Leo and Neymar, for being here,” Ronaldo said after recieving the prize.

“Real Madrid – the coach, the supporters and the president – they support all of the year so I say thank you to them.

“I’m really glad to win consecutive awards. This is a great moment for me. Thank you to all the fans around the world for the support. I appreciate that, thank you very much.

“It’s great to be here with these great players and I am so happy guys, thanks you so much.”

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, a 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 entities split their prizes 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. 

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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 Yea r 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. 

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