Ronaldo Wins Fourth FIFA Player Of The Year

By Ikenga Chronicles January 10, 2017
Cristiano Ronaldo on Monday won FIFA’s best player award for the fourth time beating great rival Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann to complete a sweep of top individual awards.
Ronaldo got 34.54 percent of total voting points in a 23-candidate ballot. Messi received 26.42 percent, and third-place Griezmann got 7.53 percent from voting by national team captains, coaches, selected media, and fans online.
“2016 was the best year of my career” Ronaldo said in Portuguese in his acceptance speech, which he began by exclaiming “Wow, wow, wow.”
Ronaldo’s fourth FIFA award closed the gap on five- time winner Messi, the runner-up to each of Ronaldo victory, who did not attend the ceremony.
Ronaldo’s 2016 trophy haul included the European Championship, Champions League, and Club World Cup, plus individual best player awards from UEFA and France Football magazine.
Carli Lloyd of the United States won the FIFA female player prize for the second year in a row with five-time winner Marta as runner- up and Behringer was third.
However,‎ the Puskas Award for best goal was won by Mohd Faiz Subri, who scored with a wildly swerving long-range free kick for Malaysian club Penang.
A players’ vote organized by international union FIFPro voted a World XI of: Manuel Neuer (Germany, Bayern Munich); Dani Alves (Brazil, Barcelona/Juventus), Sergio Ramos (Spain, Real Madrid), Gerard Pique (Spain, Barcelona), Marcelo (Brazil, Real Madrid); Toni Kroos (Germany, Real Madrid), Andres Iniesta (Spain, Barcelona), Luka Modric (Croatia, Real Madrid); Messi, Luis Suarez (Uruguay, Barcelona), Ronaldo.
The First FIFA fan award was chosen by fans and was made to supporters of Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund, who joined in singing the English club’s anthem “You’ll Never Walk Alone” before a Europa League quarterfinal.
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