Fifa Best Player Award Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi
By MEHER ONISA : 10-Jan-2017
ZURICH: At the inaugural ceremonial of the Best Fifa Football Awards held in Zurich, the stalwart sports star Cristiano Ronaldo had been announced as the best player of the world for the year 2016.
Ronaldo, 31 has emerged as the real-time Portugal player who had smashed Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann to win the sports laurels.
Ronaldo had also won the recognitions of the honoured Champions League with Real and Euro 2016 with Portugal.
While on the women’s front, Carli Lloyd from the United States was named as the world's best female athlete.
The female coach award went to Silvia Neid, the ex-Germany boss.
Leicester's Claudio Ranieri grabbed the accolade as the best men's coach.
Penang's Mohd Faiz Subri received the Puskas award for the best goal of 2016.
For the past six years, the world's best player had received the Fifa Ballon d'Or award.
Since 1956, a similar version of the prize award was organized by the France Football magazine but the football's governing body had notified the association to stop the trend of honouring the stellar sports stars.
Instead, the governing body had eventually planned to introduce a highly recognized Fifa Football Awards and Ronaldo had registered his name as the first remarkable recipient of the award.
The big panel of jury was constituted of the iconic individuals from the national team captains, managers and journalists who had rendered their final judgement after the close analysis of the online polling and voting of the fans.
The proud Ronaldo exclaimed: "It was my best year so far," He called the Portugal Trophy to be amazing and said that he would never forget the Champions League and the Club World Cup.
Ronaldo and Messi had made a history by continuing with their habit of not voting each other for major awards.