The player, who moved from Real Madrid to Juventus last summer, was in Dubai to collect the award, which he picked up ahead of the also-nominated French players Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappé.
“2018 was an incredible year. I hope to win a lot more trophies for my new club, Juventus” said Cristiano Ronaldo.
The other Ronaldo, Ronaldo Nazario de Lima won the player career award, with a look back at all the clubs he played for.
Didier Deschamps won the coach of the year award, thanks to taking France to the World Cup title in the summer. Fabio Capello meanwhile received the coach career award.
Atlético Madrid beat Real Madrid and Liverpool to take the club of the year award.
Best Arab referee: Mohamed Abdullah
Arab legend: Sami Aljabed
Coach career award: Fabio Capello
Best goal of the year: Cristiano Ronaldo
Best team of 2018: Atlético Madrid
Best sporting director: Fabio Paratici (Juventus)
Best agent of the year: Jorge Mendes
Award for an outstanding career: Zvonimir Boban.
Career award: Matuidi (Juventus).
Best coach of the year: Deschamps
Player career award: Ronaldo Nazário
Best player of the year: Cristiano Ronaldo
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