Cristiano Ronaldo has done it again. He has claimed one more height in his exceptional football career. Now he has claimed FIFA’s inaugural best player of the year award. This one is the latest prize of a lot more to come for the Real Madrid and Portugal star.
Cristiano Ronaldo passed Lionel Messi for the trophy as well as France’s Antoine Griezmann to win this prestigious prize.
Ronaldo had already won the Ballon d’Or after his third Champions League title. He also led Portugal to win the Euro 2016.
Ronaldo said that 2016 was the best year of his career after receiving the prize from FIFA President Gianni Infantino.
Leicester City’s Claudio Ranieri received the best men’s coach award following his side’s fairytale Premier League triumph.
Ranieri said the best coach honour was incredible after receiving the prize from Argentine football legend Diego Maradona.
Under Ranieri’s leadership, Leicester pulled off one of the greatest shocks in English football history by defying title odds of 5,000-1 to lift the Premier League trophy last season.
The prizes were based on a combined voting process involving national team coaches and captains, a select group of journalists and fans.
Ronaldo took 34.5% of the vote over 26.4%to Messi. Messi skipped the awards show co-hosted by US actress and former “Desperate Housewives” star Eva Longoria.
US midfielder Carli Lloyd scooped the best women’s player of 2016. She is the two-time Olympic gold medallist adding to her 2015 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year accolade.
Spain’s La Liga accounted for nine of the 11 players in the FIFPro team of the year with Ronaldo and Messi headlining a star-studded line-up.
Ronaldo was joined by Real team-mates Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric while the side comprised four Barcelona players with Gerard Pique, Andres Iniesta and Luis Suarez who joined Messi.
Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer was also named to the FIFPro World 11 for the fourth year running.