Cristiano Ronaldo Wins Best FIFA Men’s Player 2016 Award
Well, it’s safe to say that Cristiano Ronaldo entered the new year the same way he left 2016 – with more silverware.
The superstar reached a new milestone and added “The Best FIFA Men’s Player 2016” trophy on his trophy list, after he landed a double European triumph with club and country, as well as the prestigious Ballon d’Or Award.
The ceremony where Ronaldo accepted the award was held on Monday in Zurich, and was co-hosted by Hollywood actress Eva Longoria. He received 34.54% of the total vote to beat Barcelona and Argentina striker Lionel Messi (26.42%) and Antoine Griezmann (7.53%) of Atletico Madrid and France.
For Cristiano, 2016 was, as he said, “the best of my career.”
“I had a lot of doubts but the trophy showed that I lived up to that. After I won what I did, I had no doubts,” he said.
“It was a year that was magnificent on a personal level, on a sports level. I would like to thank very warmly everybody who voted for me. To the fans, to the other players, to the media: Thank you.”
The most notable moments for the famous soccer player in 2016 were:
- In May when he scored the winning penalty for Real Madrid in the Champions League final and defeated city rival Atletico and secure the third European title of his career
- When as captain of Portugal’s national team he lifted the Euro 2016 trophy after beating host France in the final. That was the first time Ronaldo had won a major honor with his country
- He scored 51 goals in club competitions last season as Real Madrid missed out on the La Liga title to Messi’s Barcelona by a point. He’s already scored 17 this campaign, as Zinedine Zidane’s side has opened up a four-point lead in the Spanish title race and matched its arch rival’s record of 39 domestic matches unbeaten
Ronaldo’s “nemesis”, Messi, won a domestic league and cup double with Barcelona last season, scoring 51 goals in all competitions in the process.
For the best player in the Spanish league last season was named Griezmann after he helped Atletico to third in La Liga, and to its second Champions League final in three years, this time losing to Real in a penalty shootout.
Griezmann had an excellent Euro 2016, helping France to the final by scoring a tournament-leading six goals and creating two, before he suffered heartbreak at the hands of Ronaldo again.
But, unlike Ronaldo and Messi he was not picked in the FIFA awards’ FIFPro World XI.
25% of the FIFA awards were accounted by votes from supporters, and the same amount is allocated to members of the world’s press, while National team coaches and captains also contribute 25% of the voting each.
Even though FIFA had run its awards jointly with the Ballon d’Or for the past five years, that agreement ended and now the organizations have their own separate competitions.
Full list of awards:
Men’s player: Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal).
Women’s player: Carli Lloyd (United States).
Men’s coach: Claudio Ranieri (Leicester City).
Women’s coach: Silvia Neid (Germany).
FIFA Fair Play: Atletico Nacional (Colombia).
FIFA Puskas best goal: Mohd Faiz Subri (Penang FA).
Outstanding career: Falcao (Brazil).
Fans: Borussia Dortmund/Liverpool.
FIFA FIFPro World XI: Manuel Neuer (Germany/Bayern Munich); Dani Alves (Brazil/Juventus), Gerard Pique (Spain/Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Spain/Real Madrid), Marcelo (Brazil/Real Madrid); Luka Modric (Croatia/Real Madrid, Toni Kroos (Germany/Real Madrid), Andres Iniesta (Spain/Barcelona); Lionel Messi (Argentina/Barcelona), Luis Suarez (Uruguay/Barcelona), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal/Real Madrid).