The Real Madrid superstar enjoyed a
staggering 2016 and has now been awarded
the title of the best player in the world,
beating Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann .Cristiano Ronaldo has been crowned the
world’s best player at FIFA’s annual awards
gala in ZurichThe Real Madrid superstar enjoyed a fantastic
2016, and has now beaten his perennial rival
Lionel Messi and Atletico Madrid’s Antoine
Griezmann to the prize.
"It's a great feeling, as I mentioned many
times last year was a dream year, no doubt
about that," the striker said at the ceremony
shortly before receiving the prize.
"Real Madrid win the Champions League and
the national team won the Euros for the first
time in history. Unbelievable season. I'm so
proud and happy.
"I have to say thank you to my team-mates of
Real Madrid, and team-mates of Portugal and
the coaches. It was an amazing year."
Ronaldo scored a total of 59 go.als for both
club and country throughout the 12 months,
as his career reached new heights..The Portugal international, despite suffering
an injury in the final, guided his country to
Euro 2016 glory, scoring three goals and
cajoling his team-mates from the sidelines
after being stretchered off.
Eder’s late goal ensured that Ronaldo lifted
the trophy in France, with Griezmann – the
player to outscore him in the tournament - on
the losing side in the showpiece.
Ronaldo also scored the winning penalty in
the Champions League final, as Real defeated
Griezmann’s Atletico at San Siro in Milan, and
was rewarded with a staggering new deal
until 2021.
The 31-year-old’s incredible year – which also
saw him named the world’s highest paid
sports star – was capped in December, when
he was awarded his fourth Ballon d’Or award.
While Messi, the man who has forever
threatened to overshadow Ronaldo during an
era of individual footballing dominance,
scored a sensational 55 goals throughout
2016, he was topped by four goals by
Ronaldo, though he did guide Barcelona to La
Liga glory.
Ronaldo was recently linked with a mind-
boggling move to China, with a £257 million
bid mooted, but the former Manchester United
star appears set to continue his battle for
supremacy with Messi and Griezmann in La




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