Cristiano Ronaldo won his fourth FIFA best player award on Monday.
He began his speech by exclaiming “Wow, wow, wow.” and went on,”it was a year that was magnificent at a personal level and at a sporting level,” the 31-year-old Ronaldo said in Portuguese his acceptance speech.
Ronaldo’s 34.54 percent of total voting points in a 23-candidate ballot was clearly better than Messi’s 26.42 percent, who has won the award five times.
“I won a lot trophies, collective and individual, so I am proud,” said Ronaldo, adding he would send the inaugural silver FIFA Best trophy to the museum dedicated to his career on his home island, Madeira.
Ronaldo also won the Ballon d’Or in December, with both honours recognition for success in the Champions League with Real and Euro 2016 with Portugal.
Carli Lloyd of the United States was named the world’s best female player.
Leicester’s Claudio Ranieri was named best men’s coach, ex-Germany boss Silvia Neid won the female coach award, while Penang’s Mohd Faiz Subri received the Puskas award for the best goal of 2016.