Awards All Around!

23 Oct

Los Blancos really cleaned up at FIFA’s The Best Awards again this year! The ceremony took place in London.


Cristiano Ronaldo named The Best FIFA Men’s Player 2017

“Thanks to everyone, it has been an extraordinary year and this is a unique moment in my career”, insisted the Whites’ forward.

Cristiano Ronaldo has tonight been named The Best. The Real Madrid forward successfully defended his title as the best player in the world at the awards ceremony staged in London. After taking the award in its inaugual year in 2016, the Portuguese claims The Best FIFA Men’s Player award for a second year running. Cristiano overcame Lionel Messi and Neymar in the voting cast by a jury consisting of national team captains, national coaches, journalists representing each national team and fans registered on from all over the globe.

Last season saw Cristiano capture the Champions League crown, the LaLiga title, the Club World Cup and the UEFA Super Cup, whilst he has already lifted the UEFA Super Cup and the Spanish Super Cup so far this term. In addition, between the 20 November 2016 and 2 July 2017, the period taken into consideration in the awarding of the accolade, the Portuguese forward led the Whites to the Duodécima, a 33rd LaLiga crown and the Club World Cup in Japan.

Cristiano: “Thanks to everyone who voted for me”
“Firstly, I want to thank my teammates and my club, Real Madrid. Thanks to everyone. It has been an extraordinary year. I’ve made this podium in each of the past 11 years, which requires a lot of work and dedication. Never did I think that I’d win so many pieces of silverware in my career. I would also like to acknowledge the work put in by my family, who are here tonight, my brothers and sisters, my friends, my girlfriend, my mum, who is at home right now and also to my children, who are at home”.

“This is a unique moment in my career and I’m very happy. Thanks to everyone who voted for me. I also want to congratulate Leo and Neymar on making it here tonight. Thanks also to the fans, my coach, my teammates and the club’s president for their support day in, day out. We’re here in London for the first time and this second The Best award represents an unforgettable moment for me. I know that the supporters voted and I want to give my thanks to those who voted for me from across the globe. It’s an honour to be here and be surrounded by so many stars. I’m thrilled, many thanks”.

“Winning this award is a really great source of pride. I want to dedicate it to the fans, my teammates and all of those who have helped me to be here. I’m very happy and want to enjoy the moment. We had a fantastic season and I want to congratulate my teammates, both those who are here and those that are back in Madrid. It was an unforgettable year. There’s a lot that goes into this, training out on the pitches, in the gym, ice baths, eating healthy, sleeping properly….”

“I work hard to win team prizes to then aspire to individual awards, I like winning both. I feel lucky to be playing at the best club in the world and for a top national team. I’m very proud to be at Real Madrid, achieving things all together and making people happy. I can’t ask for any more. I enjoy football and it’s what really drives me on. I don’t compete with Leo. I’m happy and feel relaxed. We’ll see what happens in the future, but we’ve got to enjoy the moment”


Zidane claims The Best FIFA Men’s Coach 2017 award

“Thanks to Real Madrid for giving me the opportunity to coach these players”, declared the Whites’ coach.

Zinedine Zidane has received the distinction as The Best FIFA Men’s Coach 2017 at the awards ceremony held in London. The Frenchman saw off competition from Massimiliano Allegri and Antonio Conte in the final voting to take the accolade. The Madrid boss last season become the first coach to lift back-to-back Champions League crowns in a campaign in which he also delivered the LaLiga title, the Club World Cup and the UEFA Super Cup.

So far this term he has steered the Whites to another UEFA Super Cup and a Spanish Super Cup. The winner of The Best FIFA Men’s Coach award was decided by the votes cast by the captains and coaches of the affiliated national teams, the journalists who cover each national side and registered users from across the globe.

Zidane: “Thanks to Real Madrid”
“Antonio and Maximiliano, this award is also yours in part. I might have won it, but you two are also excellent. I want to thank my wife first and foremost, I really love you. Families are a special thing. I also have to give my thanks to Real Madrid for handing me the opportunity to coach these players. And thanks to you, my players. Many thanks”.

And five of our players made the FIFA FIFPro World11 at the ceremony. (Video)


Cristiano Ronaldo, Ramos, Marcelo, Modric and Kroos make the FIFA FIFPro World11 2017
by Alberto Navarro (London)

Real Madrid are the best-represented side in this Dream Team.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos all earned a place in the FIFA FIFPro World11 2017, which was revealed during The Best Awards in London. Ronaldo, who occupies one of the three forward berths in the line-up, takes his place in this Dream Team, which is voted for by fellow professionals, for an 11th straight year.

Meanwhile, Ramos made the cut for an eighth successive year, after being included in 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Marcelo features in the line-up for a fourth time, whilst Modric and Kroos have been recognised on three previous occasions. The rest of the FIFPro World11 2017 team is made up by: Gianluigi Buffon, Leonardo Bonucci, Dani Alves, Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi and Neymar.

Cristiano: “There’s a lot of work that goes in to this award”
“I feel very proud. There’s a lot of work that goes in to this award. I’m delighted to be here for an 11th year, that’s a great number of years. Many thanks to all of those who voted for me, I really mean that. If you’ve got talent but don’t work hard, it’s worth nothing”.

Ramos: “The important thing is to have a good team”
“The secret to this is work, sacrifice and effort and not to tire of winning and apart from that, you need to have a good team, that’s the important thing if you’re to win individual accolades. It’s a special night. The team prizes are always the most important ones, but it’s great to fill your trophy cabinet at home with some individual awards”.

“I dedicate this one to my teammates, the coach and the Real Madrid fans. There’s a lot of work that has gone into this. I enjoy what I do, football is my life”.

Marcelo: “I’m going to keep working hard”
“We work really hard all season. Many thanks for this. I’m going to continue to work very hard. This prize drives me on to improve every season, every day and in every training session. Let’s hope that this year will be even better, that’s our aim. I’ve earned my place in the team with the help of my teammates and I want to thank them for this and I also wish to thank my family. There’s a lot work that goes in to this, a lot of help from the gaffer and the physios. This is an individual award, but without the team, you win nothing”.

Kroos: “We had an incredible season”
“We had an incredible season. We’ve earned some significant awards, but it’s all about the whole team and not just those of us that are here”.

Modric: “Let’s hope we keep this standard up”
“I feel very happy and proud to be here for a third year in a row. It’s easy to pick one game and a title out from last season. First and foremost I’d point to the work I put in, because I had to recover from injury and I managed to do so and come back in shape. For me the title would be LaLiga, which after having gone five years without winning it, was special. The season gets a 10/10, we can’t ask for any more and let’s hope we keep this standard up in the coming years. I’m in good form and want to keep working hard”.

And congrats to Keylor who was a finalist for Goalkeeper of the Year. He came in third behind Gigi Buffon and Manuel Neuer.

– Lozil

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