After the incredible year 2016, Cristiano Ronaldo won the FIFA best player of the year 2016. The FIFA gala took place on 9th January 2016 in Zurich. Barcelona didn’t attend the gala and the star-studded red carpet had Real Madrid players’ majority. After the recent results of FC Barcelona, Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, G.Pique, and Neymar Jr, who featured in FIF Pro XI of 2016, didn’t travel to Zurich. Instead, the Catalans trained more to change the current situation.
A month ago, the Portuguese forward was handed his 4th ever Ballon d’Or. Just a month later he has secured the second best individual award for 2016. Along with his team-mates, Cristiano Ronaldo has won some big trophies in 2016. He helped Portugal win it’s first ever Euro Cup in the summers of 2016. Although he got injured in the final and couldn’t contribute to the scoreline. But his 3 goals in the tournament were crucial for his national team’s progress to the grand finale. With Real Madrid CF, he won UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, and FIFA Club world cup. His hat-tricks in the quarter-final of UCL and in the World Cup final again proved to be one of the causes of the triumph.
After receiving the award, Cristiano Ronaldo stated a few controversial lines pointing his arch rival Lionel Messi and his team-mates. He said, “Some players from Barcelona didn’t attend the gala and the reason is understandable”. Although Lionel Messi and co missed the party at Zurich to train with the rest of the team. But Cristiano taunted his rival as if Messi knew that he won’t be winning the award and hence missed the event. Such a statement might increase the tension between the 2 clubs for the La Liga title race.
For the 2nd consecutive time, the FIFA best player of the year 2016 (woman) went to Carli Lloyd.