Ronaldo on FIFA Best player award: 2016 was my best year *Bitter Messi stays away

By Editor on 09/01/2017

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s football cap, got another decoration on Monday, with the addition of Federation of International Football Association (FIFA’s), Best Player 2016 award, to the prestigious, Ballon D’or in December.

Ronaldo’s feat that led to the award, came on the back of a fantastic year that saw Real Madrid win the UEFA Champions League and Portugal the EURO 2016 championship.

His closest rival, Lionel Messi, did not attend the ceremony as expected after Barcelona announced earlier in the day that all players would not travel ahead of their game Wednesday in the Copa del Rey, a move that drew widespread criticisms from those in Zurich.

First awarded in 1991, the FIFA Best Player award (then known as FIFA World Player of the Year) was merged with France Football's Ballon d'Or from 2010 through 2015 -- to become the FIFA Ballon d'Or -- but France Football magazine announced new rule changes for its award last year and ended its six-year association with FIFA.


Ronaldo wins FIFA award

Ronaldo with the award. Photo... The Telegraph

Before the partnership with FIFA, the Ballon d'Or was given to the top European player from 1956 from 1994. And between 1995 and 2009, it was awarded to the best player from any continent playing at a European club.

Since 2008, only Messi (one Ballon d'Or in 2009; four FIFA Ballon d'Ors in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015) and Ronaldo (two Ballon d'Ors in 2008 and 2016; two FIFA Ballon d'Ors in 2013 and 2014) have been awarded either top prize. Orlando City's Kaka, in 2007, was the last to pick it up outside the duo after guiding AC Milan to the Champions League that year.

Also on Monday, Ronaldo and Messi were both named to the FIFPro World 11 team, but Griezmann was left out as nine of the spots went to players from Real Madrid and Barcelona.

United States star Carl Lloyd was named Best FIFA Women’s Player, the second straight year she was honoured by FIFA.

Leicester City's Claudio Ranieri won the Best FIFA Men’s Coach of the Year award, beating Portugal's Fernando Santos and Real Madrid's Zinedine Zidane on the shortlist, while Germany's Silvia Neid recieved the women's honour.

Mohd Faiz Subri won the Puskas Award for the best goal of the year with nearly 60 percent of the vote, for his free kick in the Malaysian Super League.

Receiving the award, Ronaldo, made reference to the absence of Messi and his Barcelona team mates, saying he understood, while adding that the feat would have been impossible without the support of his national team and team mates.

Hear him: “It’s incredible; it’s not the first time but it’s the first of this,” he said.

“First and foremost, I must thank my team mates of Real Madrid and the coach. Thank you for everything you have done for me. I’ve also got to thank my family, my brothers, my mum, my whole staff 100 per cent for everything they’ve given me. 2016 was the best year of my career.

“I had a lot of doubts but at the end I think the trophies speak for themselves. I achieved the best I could in the competitions and after I won what I did. This achievement is incredible on a personal level. Unbelievable, I will never forget this year.

“I am very happy. Thank you everyone, I don’t really have anything else to add. The awards I think speak for themselves. I’m just very happy. I’m sorry some people from Barcelona aren’t here, but that’s understandable.”





Source ESPN

Posted on January, 9 2017

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