The Portugal international Cristiano Ronaldo, who is currently playing for the Spanish giant has been crowned the world’s best player at FIFA’s annual awards gala in Zurich.
Cristiano Ronaldo's 2016 for club & country:— Squawka Football (@Squawka) January 9, 2017
4 major trophies
1 Ballon d’Or
1 FIFA Best Player award pic.twitter.com/Ut3ZTTFlR2
The 31-year old Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo had an amazing 2016 as he has been awarded the title of the best player in the world, beating the Argentine ace and five times Baloon d’Or Lionel Messi and the France hotshot Antoine Griezmann.
The Portugal captain, despite suffering an injury in the final, guided his country to Euro 2016 glory, scoring three goals after leading the Spanish giant Real Madrid to the Champions League glory by defeating their rival Atletico Madrid.
And the star forward has scored a total of 59 goals for both his nation and club throughout the last 12 months, which is his career best.
Cristiano Ronaldo said at the ceremony shortly before receiving the prize, "It's a great feeling, as I mentioned many times last year was a dream year, no doubt about that,"
"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."