Cristiano Ronaldo has added to his incredible personal trophy haul for 2017 after being named Best Player of the Year 2017 at the Globe Soccer Awards.
Taking place during the Dubai International Sports Conference 2017, the Globe Soccer Awards saw Real Madrid make a clean sweep of the prizes on offer. In addition to Ronaldo’s individual award, his manager Zinedine Zidane was named Best Coach of the Year, while Real were presented with the Best Team of the Year accolade following their memorable La Liga-Champions League double.
The awards were organised by the EFAA (European Association of Player’s Agents) and the ECA (European Club Association), with a voting committee made up of 21 leading figures in football on the continent. Ronaldo beat out competition from the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Neymar, Real teammate Sergio Ramos and old foe Lionel Messi to take his fourth Best Player of the Year award in only eight years since the awards’ inauguration.
In accepting the award from legendary Italian footballer Alessandro del Piero, the Portuguese superstar paid tribute to his teammates, coach, fans and Real Madrid’s president Florentino Pérez. Earlier in the evening, an auction to attend a meet and greet session with the 32-year-old topped $20,000.
It’s been an incredible year for Cristiano, who won a record-equalling fifth Ballon d’Or in addition to numerous other accolades; only hours earlier, he had been named European Sportsperson of the Year by a panel of 26 news organisations.