He was presented with the award in London by (left to right) FIFA president Gianni Infantino, Diego Maradona and Ronaldo
Ronaldo kisses girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez after being named best footballer in the world for the second year in succession
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.
The Real Madrid star picked up the award ahead of his rivals from Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain on the back of triumphs in La Liga and the Champions League last season.
Ronaldo has scored 44 goals for club and country so far in 2017 and scored twice in the Champions League final in June as Real retained the trophy and became European champions for a record-extending 12th time.
The forward holds his trophy alongside Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane, who was named coach of the year in London
Ronaldo is photographed on stage alongside friends and family after retaining his crown ahead of Messi and Neymar
The Madrid star turned up with girlfriend Rodriguez and son Cristiano Jnr at FIFA’s The Best Awards on Monday night
The Portuguese forward has enjoyed another remarkable year, helping Real Madrid win La Liga and the Champions League
Ronaldo rocked up to the event in a relaxed mood. The Madrid star was the favourite to retain his player of the year crown
Barcelona star Lionel Messi arrived with his wife but he failed to pick up the FIFA men’s player of the year crown in London
Messi poses for a photograph with wife Antonella Roccuzzo on arrival at the star-studded gala on Monday evening
Ronaldo shakes hands with rival Messi while the Madrid man’s son watches on ahead of the awards ceremony
The two rivals and their entourage sit alongside each other as the final few people make their way into the London Palladium
The Argentine touched down in London following Barcelona’s 2-0 win over Malaga in La Liga on Saturday night
Neymar, the final man up for the player of the year crown, donned a claret jacket at the high-profile event in the English capital
In-form Harry Kane arrives to mix with the world’s best players following another impressive display over Liverpool
The England international scored another two goals on Sunday at Wembley as Tottenham overcame Liverpool 4-1
Olivier Giroud signs autographs for young fans before heading inside to the ceremony – where he won the Puskas Award
Ronaldo gives the thumbs up as he boarded the flight in his special edition shoes on a day of promotional duties for Nike
Paris Saint-Germain defender Dani Alves attended the high-profile gala in a stylish black jacket with his wife Joana Sanz
Alves poses in a striking leather jacket and an imposing black football as he arrives at The May Fair Hotel in London
Neymar poses in his camouflage jacket ahead of FIFA’s ‘The Best’ award ceremony in London on Monday evening
Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka attended the awards ceremony with his wife Leonita Lekaj on Monday evening
Xhaka’s Arsenal team-mate Mohamed Elneny poses with a friend in the photobooth at the star-studded event
FULL LIST OF AWARD WINNERS IN LONDON:
Men’s player of the year: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
Women’s player of the year: Lieke Martens (Holland, Barcelona)
Fair play award: Francis Kone
Goalkeeper of the year: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus)
Male coach of the year: Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid)
Female coach of the year: Sarina Wiegman (Holland)
Fans of the year: Celtic
Puskas goal of the year award: Olivier Giroud (Arsenal)
‘Thank you a lot guys for voting for me,’ Ronaldo said after picking up the award. ‘(I would like) to give a mention to Leo (Messi) and Neymar for being here. Real Madrid supporters, my team-mates, coach, president, all support all through the year so I have to say thank you to them.
‘We are in England for the first time and I win consecutive awards so I’m really glad, it’s a great moment for me. FIFA give the opportunity to fans, I know I have fans all over the world (so) thanks for the support, I appreciate it… I’m so happy, thank you very much.’
The Real Madrid star was presented the award by Diego Maradona and his Brazilian namesake at Monday’s ceremony, which took place at the London Palladium.
It was the second since the FIFA award once again split from the Ballon d’Or prize.
Messi has hit 50 goals for Barca and Argentina while Neymar, who became the world’s most expensive player when he left Barcelona for PSG in £198million in the summer, has 25 goals to his name for club and country.
But with his team silverware outshining those of his two rivals, Ronaldo was the heavy favourite to win the award for a second year running.
Brazil legend Ronaldo was in a joyful mood as he is guided into the awards ceremony at the London Palladium
Nantes manager Claudio Ranieri has arrived at FIFA’s The Best Awards following his side’s 2-1 win over Guingamp on Saturday
The former Leicester manager speaks to the media on arrival at the London Palladium on Monday evening
Burnley manager Sean Dyche signs autographs for fans on arrival in London following the weekend’s Premier League action
Argentine icon Diego Maradona arrives for the ceremony after watching Tottenham’s victory over Liverpool on Sunday
Maradona was in very high spirits as he waited to find out who would pick up the FIFA men’s player of the year crown
FIFPro WORLD XI 2017:
Dani Alves, Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Leonardo Bonucci,
Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Andres Iniesta
Lionel Messi, Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo
He flew into London on Monday alongside a host of other footballing stars including PSG right back Dani Alves, who turned up in a leather, studded jacket, Maradona, and Patrick Kluivert.
Earlier in the evening, Olivier Giroud picked up the Puskas Award for best goal after his stunning scorpion kick for Arsenal against Crystal Palace, while Zinedine Zidane was male named coach of the year.
Ronaldo, Neymar and Messi were all also named in the FIFPro World XI alongside the likes of Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, Alves and Sergio Ramos.
Toni Kroos and Luka Modric ensured there were five Madrid players in the XI, with two from Barcelona and none from England or the Premier League.
Buffon also picked up the gong for the best goalkeeper of the year after helping Juventus secure a sixth consecutive Serie A scalp and a place in the Champions League final, while Holland’s Lieke Martens won the FIFA women’s player of the year award.
The other awards went to Francis Kone (fair play), Celtic (fans) and Sarina Wiegman (women’s coach).
Former Arsenal and England goalkeeper David Seaman and his wife Frankie Poultney were all smiles on Monday
Patrick Kluivert poses for a photograph as plenty of big names make their way to the venue for the awards
English rock band Kasabian broke the fashion trend by rocking up to the awards event in all white on Monday
Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar shows off his skills with some keepy-ups at the May Fair Hotel in London
Leonardo Bonucci of Italy and AC Milan catches a ball during a photo-shoot before The Best FIFA Football Awards
Football legends including Marcel Desailly and Diego Forlan landed in London ahead of the evening event
Former Chelsea bosses Carlo Ancelotti and Ruud Gullit greet each other as old friends do at the May Fair Hotel
Pierluigi Collina speaks during the FIFA Legends Think Tank as president Gianni Infantino looks on in the background
FIFA ‘THE BEST AWARDS’: FULL LIST OF NOMINATIONS;
Cristiano Ronaldo (POR / Real Madrid)
Lionel Messi (ARG – Barcelona)
Neymar (BRA – Barcelona/Paris Saint-Germain)
Deyna Castellanos (VEN – Santa Clarita Blue Heat/Florida State Seminoles)
Carli Lloyd (USA – Houston Dash/Manchester City Women)
Lieke Martens (NED – Barcelona Femeni)
Massimiliano Allegri (ITA – Juventus)
Antonio Conte (ITA – Chelsea)
Zinedine Zidane (FRA – Real Madrid)
Nils Nielsen (DEN – Danish national team)
Gerard Precheur (FRA – Olympique Lyonnais Feminin)
Sarina Wiegman (NED – Netherlands national team)
Gianluigi Buffon (ITA – Juventus)
Keylor Navas (CRC – Real Madrid)
Manuel Neuer (GER – FC Bayern Munich)
Kevin-Prince Boateng (Las Palmas)
Alejandro Camargo (Universidad de Concepcion)
Deyna Castellanos (Venezuela U-17)
Moussa Dembele (Celtic)
Olivier Giroud (Arsenal)
Aviles Hurtado (Tijuana Xolos)
Mario Mandzukic (Juventus)
Oscarine Masuluke (Baroka FC)
Nemanja Matic (Chelsea)
Jordi Mboula (FC Barcelona U-19)
Borussia Dortmund supporters
FC Copenhagen su