Portugal and Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo.
Portugal and Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo. ANDY RAIN

Ronaldo wins fifth world player of the year gong

CRISTIANO Ronaldo has been named the best FIFA men's player for the second year in the row - with some help from a few Australians.

The Real Madrid superstar claimed his fifth world player of the year gong with 43.16 per cent of the total vote for the award, which is voted on by national team captains, coaches and media.

Ange Postecoglou and Mile Jedinak both awarded Ronaldo five points (the highest possible amount) and Lionel Messi three points (the second most amount).

Messi came second for the award with 19.25 per cent of the total vote, while Neymar finished third with 6.97 per cent of the vote.

However, Postecoglou and Jedinak didn't award their third and final votes to the PSG star.

Instead, the Socceroos boss gave a point to Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, who won the award for goalkeeper of the year, and Jedinak gave his final point to Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric.

"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.

"I mention Leo and Neymar, great to be here. Real Madrid supporters, my teammates, my coach, they all support me all year.

"We are in England for the first time and I win consecutive awards. This is a great moment for me. I have fans all over the world."

It was a big night for Real Madrid, with Zinedine Zidane winning coach of the year, and Ronaldo, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Marcelo and Sergio Ramos making the FIFA XI. Buffon, Leonardo Bonucci, Dani Alves, Andres Iniesta, Messi and Neymar were also included in the team.

In the women's awards, Dutch duo Sarina Wiegman and Lieke Martens were named women's coach of the year and player of the year respectively.

News Corp Australia

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