Cristiano Ronaldo plays as a forward for Portugal and Real Madrid. He helped Real Madrid win the Champions-La Liga in 2016 and 2017. He won the best men's player award with 43.16 percent of the votes cast, Messi was second with 19.25 percent while Neymar came third with 6.97 percent. The selection criteria for the best male player was based on the player's pitch performance as well as his on and off pitch performance between November 20, 2016, and July 2, 2017, Cristiano was competing against 24 other players for the best player award. No American made it to the top 24 players who were to receive the best male player award.

Other sportspeople who were awarded

Lieke Martens who plays for Barcelona and Netherlands won best female player after receiving 21.72 percent of the votes cast. There was only one American woman out of ten best women players in the best female player category. Lieke garnered 21.72 percent of the votes cast. She was competing against ten other women. Carli Lloyd who plays for Houston Dash and Manchester City came second with 16.28 percent. Real Madrid's Zinedine Zidane received the award for best men's coach while Netherlands' Sarina Wiegman, won the honor for the best women coach.

Olivier Giroud of Arsenal received "The Puskas Award" for the most impressive goal kick in 2017 for his 'scorpion kick' when Arsenal was playing against Crystal Palace in January.

Oliver received 36.17 percent of the votes cast while competing against ten other players.

Watch Olivier Giroud's scorpion kick.

Supporters of the Celtic Club were awarded the fan award for honoring the club's 1967 'Lisbon Lions' by presenting a 360-degree card display during the 50th anniversary of their memorable European Cup win.

They garnered 55.92 percent of the votes cast.

Cristiano Ronaldo

32-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo is regarded as the best Football Player in the world. He was born and raised in Maderia, Portugal and began his football career in 2003 at the age of 18 at Sporting Clube de Portugal. He later moved to Manchester United in the same year.

He played for several football teams and was ranked as the highest paid athlete by Forbes in 2017. ESPN named him the world's most influential athlete in 2016 and 2017. He currently plays as a forwarder for Portugal and Real Madrid. Cristiano was charged with evading 17 million dollars in taxes between 2011 and 2014; he denied the charges. He is a father of three and is expecting a fourth child with girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez.

Watch Cristiano Ronaldo's acceptance speech.