Cristiano Ronaldo has won FIFA’s ‘The Best’ award for the second successive season, beating Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar to the honour.
The 32-year-old picked up 43.16 per cent of the votes, with Messi securing 19.25 per cent and Neymar 6.97 per cent.
Ronaldo scored 42 goals in 46 appearances last season, helping Madrid win both La Liga and the UEFA Champions League in the process.
"Thank you for voting for me,” he told the star-studded audience at the London Palladium.
“I want to mention Leo [Messi] and Neymar to be here. I want to thank Real Madrid for their support all year. We are in England for the first time, and I win it for the second consecutive time. This is a great moment for me. Thank you to all my fans all over the world. I appreciate that. I'm so happy, thank you very much and have a good night!"
Video: Ronaldo's speech
You can watch Ronaldo’s speech here…
He also tweeted...
Ronaldo now expected to win Ballon d'Or (again)
The Portuguese superstar is now expected to follow-up this achievement by winning the Ballon d’Or in December.
If he does, it will be the fifth time he’s landed his hands on the prestigious individual accolade - equalling Messi’s record.
Ronaldo and Messi didn't vote for each other
Unsurprisingly, Ronaldo and Messi did not vote for each other when deciding who should win FIFA’s award.
Ronaldo voted for Luka Modric, Sergio Ramos and Marcelo, while Messi went for Luis Suarez, Andres Iniesta and Neymar.
Sporting Lisbon send classy tweet to Ronaldo
Social media has hailed Ronaldo following his victory.
One of the best tweets came from Cristiano’s first professional club, Sporting Lisbon.
The Portuguese outfit posted a photo of Ronaldo playing for them back in the early-2000s alongside the caption: “You were always #TheBest, @Cristiano”.
Classy stuff there from Sporting.
Ronaldo's journey began at Sporting
Ronaldo joined Sporting way back in 1997 and made his professional debut five years later.
He scored five goals in 31 appearances during his one and only full season with the Sporting senior team before securing a move to Manchester United in 2003 following a friendly between the two clubs.
Ronaldo roasted John O’Shea, the players begged Sir Alex Ferguson to sign the wonderkid on the flight home and the rest, as they say, is history.
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