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Ronaldo wins best FIFA player award

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LONDON — Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has beaten Lionel Messi for the second year running at the Best FIFA Football Awards on Monday.

The Real Madrid’s Portugal striker was named as the Fifa best male player for a second year at FIFA’s The Best awards gala on Monday in London. Ronaldo had also won the prestigious gong last year and has retained the prize at a gala ceremony in London.

Ronaldo beat rival Barcelona and Argentinean Lionel Messi to the award. PSG’s Neymar came third. Ronaldo, who guided Madrid to LaLiga and Champions League double in 2016-17 season, received 43 percent of the total votes.

Messi was second with 19 percent votes while Neymar received 7 percent.

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Likewise, Netherlands Lieke Martens won the best female player while Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane was named best men’s coach and Netherlands’ Sarina Wiegman the best female coach.

French and Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud received the Puskas award for the best goal of 2017 for his scorpion kick goal against Crystal Palace in the premier league and Italy’s World Cup winner Gianluigi Buffon became the first winner of the best goalkeeper award.

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PM Oli felicitates cricketers

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KATHMANDU — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has feted the members of the national cricket team 2018 ICC World Cricket League Division II on Friday.

The Nepal stood the first runner up in the cricket tournament that recently took place in Namibia.

PM KP Sharma Oli feted the players and provided Rs 300,000 to each cricketer at a programme organized by the Ministry of Youth and Sports at the PM’s official residence in Baluwatar.

While honouring the players, Prime Minister Oli committed to developing cricket in the country adding that such felicitation will motivate the players. He further opined for strengthening the foreign relations through such sports.

PM Oli also committed to leading the nation on the way to prosperity as the country now has got a stable government. The team is leaving for Zimbabwe Saturday night.

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Meanwhile, Madan Bhandarai Sports Academy also provided Rs 100,000 in cash to each player. The academy Chair Binod Shrestha opined for developing Cricket Development Board for the holistic development of cricket.

During the programme, Secretary of the Youth and Sports Ministry Mahesh Prasad Dahal shared that the ministry was working out to develop the sports tourism in the country.

Nepal’s team captain Paras Khadka said that his team will make the best performance in the league. On the occasion, the players expressed their best wishes to PM Oli on his birthday.

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