Ronaldo beat to the award his rival Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Atletico Madrid’s Antonie Griezmann, concluding a fine year for the 31 years old.
“I tell you 2016 was the best year of my career,” said Ronaldo in his acceptance speech.
“After what I won and what I did I had no doubts that I would be able to get it, and to be able to have this achievement, it was a year that was magnificent on a personal level and a sports level.
The vote was split between national team captains and managers, selected journalists and an online fan poll, with the results below:
Cristiano Ronaldo: 34.54%
Lionel Messi: 26.42%
Antoine Griezmann: 7.53%