Cristiano Ronaldo was named the world’s best player at the inaugural Best Fifa Football Awards in Zurich.
Real Madrid and Portugal forward Ronaldo, 31, beat Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann to complete a sweep of top individual awards.
Ronaldo also won the ballond’or in December, with both honours recognition for success in the Champions League with Real and Euro 2016 with Portugal.
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He beat out Messi and Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann. Ronaldo took home 34.54 percent of the votes, while Messi had 26.42 and Greizmann had 7.53.
“It was my best year so far,” said Ronaldo. “The trophy for Portugal was amazing. I was so happy and of course I cannot forget the Champions League and the Club World Cup. We ended the year in the best way. I’m so glad to win a lot of trophies, collective and individual. I’m so, so proud.”
He also decided to take a shot at Messi and Barcelona’s players for not attending the ceremony.
This win isn’t a surprise at all. Ronaldo was the heavy favorite entering, and Messi’s absence pretty much confirmed he would win.
Other winners on the night included Leicester City’s Claudio Ranieri as The Best FIFS Coach, Silvia Neid of Germany as The Best FIFA Women’s Coach and Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool supporters as The Best FIFA Fans.
USA star Carli Lloyd was named as The Best Women’s Player, while Atletico Nacional of Colombia won the FIFA Fairplay award.
Cristiano Ronaldo: 34.54% of total votes
Lionel Messi: 26.42%
Antoine Griezmann: 7.53%
Written By: Damilola Okejide