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Ronaldo beats Messi to win Fifa best player award

Zurich: Real Madrid and Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo has been named world’s best football player at the inaugural Best Fifa Football Award in Zurich.

For this award, Cristiano Ronaldo, 31, beat Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann.

This was not enough for Ronaldo as he also won the Ballon d’Or award.

Moreover, US player Carli Lloyd has been named world’s best female player.

Penang’s Muhammad Faiz Subri got the Puskas award for best goal of 2016.

Best men’s coach award went to Leicester’s Claudio Ranieri while best female coach award went to ex-Germany boss Silvia Neid.

It is pertinent to mention here that for the past six years, the world’s best football player has been receiving the Fifa Ballon d’Or award.

A similar prize has been awarded by France Football magazine since 1956 but last year football’s governing body ended its association with that honor and introduced the Best Fifa Football Award and Ronaldo remained successful in grabbing the first ever award.

It is noteworthy here that the voting for best player of the year was done by national team captains, selected journalists and this time, an online poll of fans. Each counted for 25% of the points.

2016 was quite a year for Ronaldo and now he has something Messi does not, the honor of being best Fifa men’s player.

Renaldo has been named for the best player following the year he delivered remarkable statistics as given below:

  • 44 games, 42 goals, 14 assists.
  • The third best minutes-per-goal rate (83.68) of anyone scoring a minimum of 10 goals across Europe’s top five leagues during 2016, behind Luis Suarez (82.57) and Radamel Falcao (59.6).
  • Finishing top scorer in the Champions League in 2015-16 with 16 goals, seven more than second-placed Robert Lewandowski as the BBC reported.

“It was my best year so far,” said Ronaldo. “The trophy for Portugal was amazing. I was so happy and of course I cannot forget the Champions League and the Club World Cup. We ended the year in the best way. I’m so glad to win a lot of trophies, collective and individual. I’m so, so proud.”