Cristiano Ronaldo wins The Best FIFA Football Awards 2016 were held on 9 January 2017 in Zurich, Switzerland. The Best FIFA Football Awards are the annual recognitions awarded by FIFA to several individuals across different categories.
The selection criteria for the (men’s and women’s) players of the year were: sporting performance, as well as general conduct on and off the pitch from 20 November 2015 to 22 November 2016. The selection criteria for the coaches of the year were: performance and general behavior of their teams on and off the pitch from 20 November 2015 to 22 November 2016.
The votes were decided by media representatives, national team coaches, and national team captains. In October 2016, it was announced that the general public would also be allowed to vote. Each group contributed 25% of the overall vote.
Ronaldo will remember 2016 for reaching the pinnacle on three fronts: for club, for country and individually. He was crowned a European champion for both Real Madrid and Portugal – with victory in the UEFA Champions League and UEFA EURO 2016 – and the legendary No7 further rubberstamped his place in the annals of footballing history by being named the world’s best player for the fourth time. Cristiano clinched the Champions League crown by defeating city rivals Atleti before lifting his country’s first major trophy in France as Portugal’s captain. With his irrepressible thirst for goals, power and speed, Ronaldo continues to amass silverware and records in abundance – and is the inaugural The Best FIFA Men’s Player.
“Wow. It’s incredible. It’s not the first time but this award is the first time.I want first to thank my team-mates, my coach. I want to thank my family, my whole staff.I tell you, 2016 was the best year of my career. I had a lot of doubts but the trophy showed that I lived up to that.It was a year that was magnificent on a personal level, on a sports level. I would like to thank very warmly everybody who voted for me. “To the fans, to the other players, to the media: thank you.”_ Cristiano Ronaldo.