For the last eight years Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have shared the FIFA Ballon d'Or between them. This year, Messi beat out competition from Ronaldo and Neymar to win the award for a fifth time, crowning him best player of the year.
Former US goalkeeper Hope Solo has said ex-FIFA boss Sepp Blatter groped her backside during the 2013 Ballon d'Or ceremony. Sexual harassment wasn't just a problem in Hollywood but in women's football as well, she said.
Cristiano Ronaldo has been named the best men's player of 2017, beating Lionel Messi to the top spot. Other notable winners were Zinedine Zidane, as coach of the year, and Lieke Martens, winner of the top women's player.
Cristiano Ronaldo is the clear favorite to be named the world's top men's football player of 2017. The Portuguese superstar is the holder of the award, which was handed out for the first time in 2016.
A former judge and soccer official from Guatemala has been ordered to serve eight months in prison for accepting bribes. Hector Trujillo is the first to be sentenced in the US in the corruption scandal engulfing FIFA.
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