Messi Shunned Again, Cristiano Ronaldo Takes Crown As FIFA Best Player


Cristiano Ronaldo has been crowned the world’s best player at the inaugural Best FIFA Football Awards in Zurich.

Few months ago, the Real Madrid star bagged his fourth Ballon d’Or

Don’t get it twisted, the FIFA Best Player prize is different from the Ballon d’Or.

France Football is the sole organizer of the Ballon d’Or prize following a split after the 2015 FIFA Ballon d’Or was awarded to Messi.

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France Football partnership with FIFA ended and restored the previous formats of their respective awards.

With that, world football’s governing body introduced the Best FIFA Football Awards. And now, Ronaldo is the first recipient of its main prize.

From our gatherings, voting for the player and coach categories was by national team captains and managers, selected journalists and an online poll of fans.

The 31-year-old Portugal forward defeated Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann to take the prize.

Checkout the results below:

  • Cristiano Ronaldo – 34.54% of total votes
  • Lionel Messi – 26.42%
  • Antoine Griezmann: 7.53%

From our gatherings, Ronaldo and Messi listed their club mates for the top three slot in the best player award.

Barcelona star voted for Luis Suarez, Neymar and Andres Iniesta. Ronaldo went for Gareth Bale, Luka Modric and Sergio Ramos.

While Carli Lloyd of the United States grabbed the world’s best female player, Penang’s Mohd Faiz Subri received the Puskas award for the best goal of 2016.

Also, Leicester’s Claudio Ranieri pocketed the best men’s coach and the ex-Germany boss Silvia Neid, the best female coach prize.

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No Premier League player was listed in the Fifpro World XI 2016. Even Antoine Griezmann shortlisted for best individual player didn’t make the best XI list.

The Fifpro XI line-up was dominated by five players from Real Madrid, four from Barcelona, one from Juventus (Dani Alves) and one from Bayern Munich (Manuel Neuer).

Checkout the Fifpro World XI 2016 line-up below.