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Ronaldo may retain World Player award

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Cristiano Ronaldo is in line to retain his crown as FIFA men’s player of the year in London on Monday night, Daily Mail reports.

The Real Madrid and Portugal superstar is up against rival Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Paris St Germain’s Neymar for the award he won last year.

The ceremony, which takes place at the London Palladium, is the second since the FIFA award once again split from the Ballon d’Or prize.

Ronaldo has scored 44 goals for club and country so far in 2017 and scored twice in the Champions League final in June as Real retained the trophy and became European champions for a record-extending 12th time.

Messi has hit 50 goals for Barca and Argentina while Neymar, the world’s most expensive player after he left Barcelona for PSG in the summer, has 25 goals to his name for Barca, PSG and Brazil.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is up for the top men’s coach award along with Ronaldo’s Real boss Zinedine Zidane, and Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri.

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud’s scorpion kick against Crystal Palace in January has been nominated for the Puskas Award for best goal.

The 31-year-old’s effort has been shortlisted along with goals from Venezuela’s Deyna Castellanos and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke.

Castellanos is also nominated for the women’s player of the year award alongside last year’s winner Carli Lloyd of the United States and Holland’s Lieke Martens.

The winners are decided by a jury of club and international coaches, media representatives and supporters.

Meanwhile, Ronaldo seems to have passed on his footballing abilities to his son, after Cristiano Ronaldo Jr smashes a wonder goal.

The Real Madrid superstar’s offspring crashed a screamer during a youth game on a sandy pitch in Madrid.

The seven-year-old took control of a bouncing ball ahead of some opponents before leathering his unstoppable effort into the top corner.

Sporting Lisbon, Manchester United and Real fans will notice the technique is so similar to Ronaldo’s, it could only have been honed in the back garden.

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