Cristiano Ronaldo has been named Best FIFA Men’s Player of the year 2016 at the FIFA awards ceremony that took place in Zurich on Monday night, as Real Madrid superstar beats off competitions from arch rival Lionel Messi and Antione Griezmann.
Ronaldo who had already won Ballon d’Or in December 2016 beating same Lionel Messi and France international Antione Griezman clinching his third Champion League title with 16 goals in 12 games also triumphing with his National side at Euro 2016, also scoring a total of 59 goals for both Portugal and Real Madrid for just 12months.
Ronaldo achieved a total of 34.54 percent votes in a 23-candidate ballot. Messi received 26.42 percent, and third-place Griezmann got 7.53 percent, the vote was by national team captains and coaches, selected media, and fans online.
However, Ronaldo became the first ever football player to win the award, which was named FIFA WORLD PLAYER as of 1991 – 2010, before a union between the organiser and France Football Magazine decide to give it a unique touch between 2010-2015 called the Golden Ball (Ballon d’Or).
Ronaldo said after being handed the award
“2016 was the best year of my career,” “It was a year that was magnificent at a personal level and at a sports level,” he added.
“Real Madrid wins the Champions League and the national team won the Euros for the first time in history. Unbelievable season. I’m so proud and happy.
“I have to say thank you to my team-mates of Real Madrid, and team-mates of Portugal and the coaches. It was an amazing year.”
Meanwhile, arch-rival Lionel Messi the football figure who always forever give a threat to the Portuguese international avoided the award ceremony in Zurich despite him coming second to Ronaldo.
reason for his stay away was rumoured to be that Barcelona wanted him concentrating on Wednesday night’s Copa del Rey second leg match against Athletico Bilbao, but it’s believed that Messi just didn’t want to show up and be dishonoured and gets the runners-up award.
While Leicester City’s manager Ranieri was voted coach of the year and received his prize plus a hug from Argentina legend Diego Armando Maradona.
Ranieri said after receiving the prize:
‘I am crazy, very crazy. I want to thank my wife, my family, my agent, my players and the fans. I think what happened in England last season was something strange. The god of football said Leicester must win. My age is 65 but I’m only starting out as a manager.’