The year that was in sports saw records broken, careers ended and stupendous transfer records shattered.
The beautiful game certainly gave us moments worth remembering, and many others we hope we'll forget (side-eyes Bafana Bafana).
From January through December, we rank some of the best and worst, most controversial and humorous moments in footies from around the world.
JANUARY -- Cameroon's road to glory begins in Gabon
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African powerhouses Cameroon finally fulfilled their potential as one of Africa's greatest when they beat Egypt to be crowned the 2017 African Nations Cup champions, the tournament officially kicked off in January and would be concluded in early February in the showpiece final in Gabon.
Cameroon won their fifth title after defeating seven-time champions Egypt 2-1 in the final with Vincent Aboubakar scoring the winner. The journey for 'The Indomitable Lions' started off in the beginning of the year, finally saw them rewarded in February when they clinched their fifth title. The first in 15 years.
FEBRUARY -- Zlatan Ibrahimovic hands Manchester United the EFL Cup
Prior to his move to the 'Red Devils', Zlatan Ibrahimovic was a world class striker who had won a trophy in every league in which he has played (Netherlands, Italy, Spain and France). There were, however, suggestions among the British media commentariat that he still had to prove himself.
And that he did: Zlatan won United's first trophy during the Jose Mourinho era as he scored two goals in the EFL Cup final against Southampton [final score 3-2] to help United regain its spot as the best team in England, and proved to be one of the signings of the season.
MARCH -- Barcelona inspires the greatest comeback in the history of football
The odds were certainly not in their favour after losing 4-0 in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 knockout games against Paris Saint Germain. Barcelona needed to score six goals in a single game if they were to achieve a reversal of fortunes.
It looked impossible, but not for the mighty Barcelona: the side achieved a staggering comeback as they overturned a 4-0 deficit and ended up winning 6-1 on the night and 6-5 after two legs with Sergi Roberto scoring the winning goal in the final seconds of the game.
APRIL -- Lionel Messi positions himself as the worlds greatest player
Tied at 2-2 after 90 minutes with only seconds to play, Lionel Messi rose to the occasion and scored one of his most celebrated goals against rivals 'Los Blancos'. Real Madrid taking on Barcelona in the 'EL Clasico' in April, consequently, landed up being one of the biggest games of the year.
Messi scored a 90th-minute winner and darted straight to the corner line where roaring Real Madrid fans cheered as he removed his shirt, making sure the Santiago Bernabeu would know exactly how great he felt. It was an iconic celebration from football's arguably most iconic player.
The goal, and subsequent celebration secured Lionel Messi's position among many observers as one of football's greatest ever players. Take a listen to some of the commentary:
MAY -- Bidvest Wits, Chelsea, Real Madrid and AS Monaco crowned champions of their leagues
Premier Soccer League (PSL) dark horses Bidvest Wits were crowned PSL champions for the first time in their club's history, managing to push aside African champions Mamelodi Sundowns and secure the coveted title.
Zinedine Zidane and his Real Madrid side also won their first La Liga title in five years, surpassing rivals Barcelona and Atletico Madrid in what was undoubtedly a successful year for Los Blancos. AS Monaco from France also beat out PSG which had a stranglehold on Ligue 1.
Finally, Antonio Conte in his first season in English football won the title with his Chelsea side in what was a remarkable season for the Italian player.
JUNE -- Lionel Messi gets married
Taking a brief break from the beautiful game, Barcelona and Argentina football superstar Lionel Messi tied the knot with his childhood sweetheart Antonella Roccuzzo, now Antonella Messi in a private wedding in Rosario, Argentina during June.
The wedding was hosted in a private location in Rosario, and had the glitz and glamor of a Hollywood union. Messi scored a goal of a lifetime: his wife, Antonella.
JULY -- Germany wins the 2017 Confederations Cup
Germany won the 2017 Fifa Confederations Cup in Russia and now holds two of Fifa's prestigious international trophies (including their 2014 World Cup triumph). Germany is enjoying the fruits of their labour and is touted as the team on top in international football.
Germany has incrementally secured their position of dominance: following their 2009 Under 17 European Championship win, the country went on to win the 2014 World Cup, 2015 Under 19 European Championship, 2017 Under 21 European Championship and 2017 Fifa Confederations Cup.
German football titles:
World Cup: 🏆🏆🏆🏆
Confederations Cup: 🏆
European Championship: 🏆🏆🏆
Euros Under 21: 🏆🏆
World Cup Under 21: 🏆
Euros Under 19: 🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆🏆
Euros Under 17: 🏆