The Fifa Best Football Awards were held in London on Monday night, with Cristiano Ronaldo – as expected – defending his Men’s Player of the Year crown for 2017 amid competition from Lionel Messi and Neymar.
The selection process to determine the winner is a result of votes from national team coaches, national team captains, journalists and fans, with each section carrying 25 per cent of the voting.
While Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar made up the final three, there was no need to vote for any of them – as Chelsea and Tottenham stars Hazard and Lloris proved.
In Pictures | The Best Fifa Football Awards 2017 | 23/10/2017
Cristiano Ronaldo defends his Fifa Men’s Best Player crown
Real Madrid dominate as Cristiano Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane take the mens’ top player and coach awards
Frank Lampard congratulates Cristiano Ronaldo
A big night for a big player
Eyes on the prize
Two legends share a joke
A strong forward line…
Cristiano Ronaldo greets Lionel Messi
The FIFPro World XI in full
Lieke Martens of Netherlands and Barcelona speaks via video link after winning Best Women’s Player
Neymar suited and booted
Cristiano Ronaldo is all smiles
Idris Elba presents the Best Fan award
Gianluigi Buffon embraces Peter Schmeichel
Gianluigi Buffon can’t hide his delight
Idris Elba presents the awards
Zinedine Zidane wins Best Coach
Olivier giroud wins the Puskas Award
Lionel Messi and wife Antonella Roccuzzo
Cristiano Ronaldo, his son Cristiano Ronaldo Junior and Georgina Rodriguez
Marcelo and his family
Dani Alves and wife Joana Sanz
Patrick Stewart and Sunny Ozell
Olivier Giroud and wife Jennifer Giroud
Granit Xhaka and wife Leonita Lekaj
‘The’ Ronaldo arrives
David Seaman and wife Frankie Poultney
Diego Maradona is in town
Carlo Ancelotti and his wife Mariann
As the skippers of Belgium and France respectively, Hazard and Lloris both chose Premier League team-mates among their top three selections.
Hazard went for Blues midfielder N’Golo Kante as his first-choice pick ahead of Ronaldo and Luka Modric.
Kante was arguably the star of Chelsea’s 2016-17 title-winning season, with Hazard dubbing him “the rat” for his superb work rate in the centre of Antonio Conte’s team.
Tottenham goalkeeper Lloris, meanwhile, reserved his third-place pick for Harry Kane – behind Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos – with the Spurs talisman up for the Ballon d’Or award after a stellar year for club and country.