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C Ronaldo(left) being presented the FIFA best player 2016 by FIFA President Gianni Infantino

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, Lionel Messi and Antoine Greizmann was shortlisted for the last 3 candidate but Ronaldo came top as he recieved more votes than the other two candidate.

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.

C Ronaldo said after receiving the award from FIFA President Gianni Infantino: “2016 was the best year of my career,”. “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.

Reference: TimesLive SA

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