Cristiano Ronaldo has topped off an astonishing year after he was named The Best FIFA Football Player for 2016.
The Real Madrid Superstar led Los Blancos to her 11th Champions League trophy and played a huge part in helping his native country Portugal to a historic European Championship triumph.
The 31-year-old star grabbed the award beating rival Lionel Messi and Atletico Madrid Striker Antoine Griezmann.
FIFA ended their six-year association with the Ballon d’Or in 2016, deciding to go it alone. Prior to the union between the two organisations the Ballon d’Or was known as the European Footballer of the Year from 1991 whilst FIFA created their World Player of the Year prize in 1995.
The awards co-existed until they merged in 2010, only to split last year and leave the world’s best vying for two separate trophies after the decision was made by Gianni Infantino, FIFA president
Ronaldo scored 55 goals in 57 games for club and country but it was his success in the two big tournaments of the year that ultimately saw him claim the prize ahead of his rivals.
He played a crucial role as Real beat city rivals Atletico Madrid in May to become European champions for a record-extending 11th time.
Then two months later, Portugal triumphed at Euro 2016 in France to claim a major trophy for the first time despite losing Ronaldo to injury early in the final against France.
Speaking prior to winning his award at the event in Zurich Ronaldo said:
“As I mentioned many times last year was a dream year. Real Madrid won the Champions League, and Portugal the European Championship. I am so proud and happy, and I thank my team-mates for an amazing year.”
Ronaldo was accompanied by his new girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez.