Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

IN THE PAPERS

'Pineapple Pizza Tests Limits of Presidential Power in Iceland'

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

French papers react to alliance between centrists Macron and Bayrou

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Peugeot's profits double as Opel takeover eyed

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Bayrou decides to march with Macron

Read more

THE DEBATE

France's Topsy-Turvy Election: Uncertain outcome as insurgents blow away old guard (part 1)

Read more

THE DEBATE

France's Topsy-Turvy Election: Uncertain outcome as insurgents blow away old guard (part 2)

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Amnesty chief urges France to 'stay true to its values'

Read more

ENCORE!

Film show: 'Certain Women', 'Rock’n Roll' and 'A Wedding'

Read more

FOCUS

#BringBackOurInternet: English-speaking Cameroon hit by digital blackout

Read more

Sports

Cristiano Ronaldo wins FIFA Player of the Year 2016 award

© Fabrice Coffrini, AFP | Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo holds his Best FIFA Men’s Player of 2016 Award trophy in Zurich on January 9, 2017

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2017-01-09

Cristiano Ronaldo was named FIFA's best men's footballer of 2016 on Monday, the latest prize after a glittering year for the Portugal and Real Madrid star.

Ronaldo bested France's Antoine Greizmann and long-time Barcelona rival Lionel Messi of Argentina for the honour.

Ronaldo had already won the Ballon d'Or after his third Champions League title, thanks in major part to his 16 goals in 12 games, as well as triumphing with Portugal at Euro 2016 -- the country's first major prize.

"2016 was the best year of my career," Ronaldo said after being handed the prize from FIFA President Gianni Infantino.

"It was a year that was magnificent at a personal level and at a sports level," he added on the stage in Zurich.

The honour makes Ronaldo the first man to win the FIFA "Best" men's player distinction.

World football's governing body has launched the new award series after ending its six-year collaboration with France Football magazine for the Ballon d'Or.

(AFP)

Date created : 2017-01-09

  • FOOTBALL

    Algeria’s Riyad Mahrez named African Footballer of the Year

    Read more

  • SPORT

    Real Madrid's Ronaldo wins fourth Ballon d'Or award

    Read more

COMMENT(S)