Ronaldo, who for the fifth time running was the top scorer in the Champions League and finished the year with another title after scoring the winning goal in the FIFA Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi, triumphed over a stellar field.
The Portuguese beat several big names to the award including rival and Barcelona star Lionel Messi and the heir apparent for the title of the world’s best player, Brazil and Paris Saint Germain star Neymar.
Gianluigi Buffon, Paulo Dybala, Sergio Ramos and Kylian Mbappe were also among the nominees.
Ronaldo was unable to attend the gala, but sent his message of thanks over a live video link.
With Real Madrid taking Club of the Year it was no real surprise then that the man who has steered them to so many titles would win Coach of the Year. Zidane picked up his first Dubai Globe Soccer Awards title, having picked up the FIFA Best Men’s Coach Award in October.
In his first two seasons as manager, Zidane won the Champions League twice, a La Liga title, a Supercopa de España title, the UEFA Super Cup twice and FIFA Club World Cup twice.
Zidane was selected for the Award ahead of Chelsea’s Antonio Conte, Manchester United’s José Mourinho and Massimiliano Allegri of Juventus.
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Winners of the 2016 Globe Soccer Awards are:
Best Player of the year: CRISTIANO RONALDO
Best Club of the year: REAL MADRID
Coach Career Award: MARCELLO LIPPI
Best Coach of the year: ZINEDINE ZIDANE
Best Referee of the year: FELIX BRYCH
Best Agent of the year: JORGE MENDES
Master Coach Special Award: DIEGO SIMEONE
Sport Business Award: FERRAN SORIANO
Kooora Best Arab National Team of the year: SAUDI ARABIA
Kooora Best Arab National Team Coach of the year: HECTOR CUPER (EGYPT)
Player Career Award: FRANCESCO TOTTI / CARLES PUYOL