It has been 12 months since Cristiano Ronaldo lifted the Goal 50 prize for 2016, with the Portugal and Real Madrid superstar following that triumph with many more personal honours. However, the 32-year-old has not had it all his way in the past year, with many other major names picking up individual awards.
Ronaldo’s long-term rival for greatest player in the world – and former Goal 50 winner Lionel Messi – topped the goalscoring charts in La Liga, which also saw him take the European Golden Shoe award. Although Ronaldo could not match Messi’s 37 La Liga goals, he was the Champions League’s top scorer with 12 goals as Madrid lifted the trophy.
Many of the award winners gained greater prominence thanks to their excellent campaigns, with the likes of Ederson and Nelson Semedo both earning transfers away from Benfica – to Manchester City and Barcelona respectively. Similarly, Ousmane Dembele became the world’s second most expensive player after winning the Bundesliga Best Young Player award.
WORLD AWARD WINNERS
After being voted as the winner of the Goal 50 in 2016, Ronaldo has since claimed the Ballon d’Or and the Best FIFA Men’s Player awards. But he was outshone at the Confederations Cup where Germany lifted the trophy. Julian Draxler was that competition’s star attraction, with Claudio Bravo putting his club woes with Manchester City behind him to be named the best goalkeeper.
New Liverpool signing Dominic Solanke was the best player at the Under-20 World Cup, while Ronaldo was once again the hero as Real Madrid won the Club World Cup, with the Portugal international picking up yet more individual honours.