Quite rightly, Olivier Giroud was bestowed with the Puskas Award for scoring the most beautiful goal of 2017, with the Arsenal striker's magnificent scorpion volley against Norwich coming out on top in the vote.
Lieke Martens won the Best Women's Player award. "He has shown that many times".
He matched Messi's shirt-off stunt by netting a stunner in the Spanish Super Cup at Camp Nou.
Zidane clearly must back his player, but it is true that "big games" is why Ronaldo is being feted again ahead of Messi or Neymar. For the first time, fans were also able to cast their vote through an online poll.
Some 26,622 players from 71 countries participated in the vote organised by world player's union FIFPro.
- Chelsea midfielder Kante received three first-place votes, all from players - including his teammate Eden Hazard, but he was not included in any of the three ballots from France, including that of Hugo Lloris. He scored only two goals in his first eight matches of the competition last season but arguably the greatest factor in Real's run to the title was Ronaldo's return to form. But Messi has led a fairly forgettable Argentina to a final and Ronaldo willed a pedestrian Portugal to a Euro title. He threatened to leave Spain due to tax issues which have not yet gone away.
And the way we've separated those two is by counting the prizes. He only laid on a goal every 375 minutes. While the Brazilian was forced to refute that for a considerable amount of time after his move to Paris, Neymar is definitely the talisman at his new club.
Gianluigi Buffon was named as the goalkeeper of the year. For me Benzema is a mix of [former Madrid players] Zinedine Zidane and Ronaldo Nazario. The difference has been trophies. We have become friends because of the time it took us to sign [former Tottenham players] Luka Modric and Gareth Bale.
"If he doesn't score a goal, he feels he's had a bad afternoon", Perez said of Ronaldo.
Mundo Deportivo, one of the daily Catalan sport newspapers, go with the headline 'THE BEST OR NOT THE BEST' and then bring Shakespeare into proceedings.
Ronaldo and Messi have both accomplished more, and been the world's best for longer, than Pele and Maradona did.
However, second or third to Ronaldo will make no difference to Neymar.
Iranian national football team's captain Jalal Hosseini also voted for Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar respectively.