Award-winning Cristiano Ronaldo wants a 7th Men's player-of-the-year award

London, UK (PANA) - Not satisfied with his fifth Men’s Player of the Year award, Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal says he has his eyes on a “lucky seventh” piece of FIFA silverware, indicating that the number 7 is his lucky number.

Ronaldo’s Real Madrid side, who won both La Liga and the Champions League last season, dominated the 2017 Best FIFA soccer awards at a star-studded ceremony in London on Monday.

The Portuguese ace has scored 44 goals in just 48 games for club and country so far this calendar year, including two in a 4-1 Champions League final win over Juventus in Cardiff on June 3.

Ronaldo saw off competition from long-standing Barcelona rival, Lionel Messi, and Paris Saint-Germain star, Neymar, the world’s most expensive player. But, typical of a player who has enjoyed huge success at both Manchester United and Real, Ronaldo was not satisfied.

“I want seven. Five is good but seven is my lucky number so seven would be great.”

Real boss Zinedine Zidane took the corresponding manager of the year award, with the Spanish giants providing five players in the FIFPro team of the year.

Ronaldo won the inaugural Best FIFA men’s player of the year award last year following the end of a six-year merger between the FIFA honor and France Football’s Ballon D’Or.

The 32-year-old previously won the FIFA World Player of the Year award, the precursor to the Best FIFA award, in 2008.

He has now won the past two FIFA men’s trophies as well as three of the last four Ballon D’Or awards.

“Thanks a lot for voting for me,” said Ronaldo after receiving his trophy from Argentina great Diego Maradona and Brazil’s Ronaldo at the London Palladium theater.

Zidane won out ahead of Chelsea’s Antonio Conte and Juventus’s Massimiliano Allegri to be crowned men’s coach of the year after becoming the first man to oversee a successful defence of the European Cup in the Champions League era.

“I’d like to thank all of the players for making this possible,” said Zidane. “This is a very special prize.”

Juventus and Italy's shot-stopper Gianluigi Buffon topped a three-strong shortlist for the goalkeeper award ahead of Real’s Keylor Navas and Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer.

Buffon, who captains both the Italian national side and Serie A champions Juventus, said it was “a great honour to have received this award at my age”.

At 39, “Gigi” is a veteran of world football. This month he celebrates 20 years playing for his country.

He’s leading Italy in their World Cup 2018 campaign, but has said he’s “99.9 percent certain” it will be his last tournament at home or abroad.

“I’m going to have one final, intense season, rich in big moments, and then it will be time to say enough is enough,” Buffon added.

Monday also saw the Puskas Award for the best goal of 2017 go to Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud.

The France striker received the award named in honour of Hungary great Ferenc Puskas for a spectacular ‘scorpion-kick’ against Crystal Palace in January.

The Frenchman’s flicked volley with his left foot that went in off the crossbar won ahead of goals from Venezuela’s Deyna Castellanos, 18, and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke.
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24 october 2017 12:04:55




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