Cristiano Ronaldo Named the Best Soccer Player in the World
Cristiano Ronaldo has completed a clean sweep of major individual awards this season after being voted The Best FIFA Men's Player 2016 at a ceremony in Zurich.
A month ago Ronaldo, 31, reclaimed the Ballon d'Or from Lionel Messi and in August was handed the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award for a second time.
Those accolades were recognition for a memorable year in which Ronaldo lifted the UEFA Champions League before captaining his country to a first international trophy at UEFA EURO 2016.
He finished 2016 by scoring a hat-trick in the FIFA Club World Cup final against Kashima Antlers, taking his tally of goals for the calendar year to 42 for Madrid, in addition to the 13 he managed for Portugal.
"2016 was the best year of my career, the trophy shows that people aren't blind and watch the games," he said as he collected his award. "With everything I won with my national team and club, with great individual performance, I can't forget this incredible year. Thanks for voting for me."
Full winners at The Best FIFA Football Awards ...
The Best FIFA Men's Player: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid/Portugal)
The Best FIFA Women's Player: Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash/United States)
The Best FIFA Men's Coach: Claudio Ranieri (Leicester)
The Best FIFA Women's Coach: Silvia Neid (Germany)
FIFA Fair Play Award: Atlético Nacional (Colombia)
FIFA Puskás Award (best goal): Mohd Faiz Subri (Penang)
FIFA Fan Award: Liverpool and Dortmund supporter during their UEFA Europa League quarter-final
FIFA FIFPro World 11: Manuel Neuer (Bayern München/Germany); Dani Alves (Juventus/Brazil), Gerard Piqué (Barcelona/Spain), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid/Spain), Marcelo (Real Madrid/Brazil); Toni Kroos (Real Madrid/Germany), Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona/Spain), Luka Modrić (Real Madrid/Croatia); Lionel Messi (Barcelona/Argentina), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid/Portugal), Luis Suárez (Barcelona/Uruguay).
As well as making the World XI, former Sporting CP and Manchester United man Ronaldo also was selected in the UEFA.com Team of the Year, which was revealed last week, for a record 11th time.
Ronaldo won the FIFA World Player of the Year in 2008 and the FIFA Ballon d'Or, which ran from 2010 to 2015 in conjunction with France Football magazine, in 2013 and 2014.