Cristiano Ronaldo wins FIFA Best Player Award

by Saed Balaleti | Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017

Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo has won the first FIFA ‘The Best’ Award as he was named the best player at FIFA awards ceremony in Zurich Switzerland.

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.

” I will never forget this wonderful year.”

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%

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