Cristiano kissing his prize. Picture: FIFA
Cristiano kissing his prize. Picture: FIFA

By Okeowo Oladapo

The Inaugural Best FIFA Football Awards held in Zurich on Monday and Cristiano Ronaldo was named the world’s best player.

He beat his perennial opponent, Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann to the prize.

This caps a 2016 that he said “was the best year of my career, the trophy shows that people aren’t blind and watch the games.”

Ronaldo also won the Ballon d’Or in December, beating the same two people to it. Both individual honours add to his success in the Champions League with Real Madrid and Euro 2016 with Portugal.

Other winners on the night were Carli Lloyd of the United States who was named the world’s best female player.

Leicester’s Claudio Ranieri was named best men’s coach, ex-Germany boss Silvia Neid won the female coach award, while Penang’s Mohd Faiz Subri received the Puskas award for the best goal of 2016.

The Best FIFA awards were voted for by the national team captain, manager, and a journalist, and fans registered on FIFA.com from all the member-nations of FIFA.each of 211 nations — each group holding 25 percent of electoral weight — for a player’s performances from Nov. 20, 2015 to Nov. 22, 2016.

A collage of all the winners at the FIFA Awards. Picture: FIFA
A collage of all the winners at the FIFA Awards. Picture: FIFA

Ronaldo earned 34.54 percent of total votes while Messi finished second with 26.42 percent and Griezmann was third at 7.53 percent.

A breakdown of the list shows mass preference for Cristiano as there were quite a number of selections that had Cristiano but no Messi. Some votes, however, had none of the top three listed.

Here is how the players, coaches and media voted.

 

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Oladapo Okeowo is an OAU alumnus with over half a decade publishing experience. He lives in Lagos and can be found where the coffee is black, the book is enthralling, the movie is popping and Arsenal is playing. Dapo is an Assistant Editor at Concise News.

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