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Cristiano Ronaldo wins FIFA Player of the Year Award



Cristiano Ronaldo with his Award. Photo: Instagram – @cristiano

Cristiano Ronaldo won FIFA’s rebranded Player of the Year award on Monday, beating his old rival Lionel Messi.

Messi was pulled out of the ceremony only a few hours earlier by his club Barcelona.

31-year old Ronaldo was rewarded for a year in which he won the Champions League with his club Real Madrid and the Euro 2016 with Portugal.

Argentina’s Messi was second in the vote and Frenchman Antoine Griezmann third.

“I’m very happy and I can say that 2016 was the best year of my career,” said Ronaldo, as he was presented the award by FIFA President Gianni Infantino.

Messi missed the ceremony along with all other Barcelona players who had been invited.

“With the aim of prioritising preparations for Wednesday’s game against Athletic Club, FC Barcelona have decided that the players recognised in the awards will not be travelling to Switzerland for the ceremony,” said the club in a statement.

Ronaldo also won the France Football’s Ballon d’Or, the other major international award for the sport, last month.

Ronaldo also won the old FIFA award once in 2008 and also in 2013 and 2014 when it was organised jointly with France Football magazine.

Italian, Claudio Ranieri won the Coach of the year award for leading outsiders Leicester City to the English Premier League title.

The FIFA Best Female Player Award went to World Cup winner and two-time Olympic winner Carli Lloyd, while the FIFA Puskas Award went to Mohd Faiz Subri, forward, Penang in the 2016 Malaysia Super League.

The FIFA Best Women’s Coach Award went to Silvia Neid, who retired after leading Germany to a first Olympic title in Rio.

Radamel Falcao was honoured with FIFA award for outstanding career, while the FIFA fan Award went to Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund fans.

The two fans captured the hearts of many while singing ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ as one before last season’s Europa League quarter-final at a sell-out Anfield.


  1. E

    January 10, 2017 at 7:38 am


    I’m not into football but I admire people who excel in their field.

  2. Anon

    January 10, 2017 at 9:57 am

    Please correct this, it was not Radamel Falcao!
    Why would an outstanding career award be given to a player who is still playing? Stay dumb!

    • A Real Nigerian

      January 10, 2017 at 11:49 am

      The report is correct.

    • Anon

      January 10, 2017 at 12:39 pm

      It is not correct. I watched it. Did you? Obviously not! Again, it’s not Radamel Falcao.

      Think, A Real Nigerian, why would an award for an outstanding career be given to a player who still plays i.e Radamel Falcao. Come on, you are sharper than this.

    • @BlaqKhalessi

      January 10, 2017 at 7:27 pm

      Watched it too…. it was just Falcao…. Plus soccer fans do know how Radamel looks like and the one who showed up & got the award for Futsal(a variant of football) looked nothing like him. JUST FALCAO!

  3. A Real Nigerian

    January 10, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    You are right, Anon.

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