Cristiano Ronaldo on Monday has crowned the Best FIFA Men's Player 2016, beating Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann.
After ending cooperation with France Football magazine for FIFA Ballon d'Or, FIFA reintroduced the Best FIFA Football Awards since 2009.
In 2016, Cristiano Ronaldo, an attacker, helped Real Madrid clinched1 the UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) Champions League by scoring the last penalty in the shoot-out. He finished top of the competition's scoring charts with 16 goals, seven more than second-placed player.
The Portugal captain lifted the first major trophy2 in his country's history at UEFA EURO 2016, upsetting hosts France in the final in Paris.
According to an improved voting system, the winner of the award was chosen via a process in which 50 percent of the result was based on the choices of the captains and head coaches of all the world's national teams.
The other 50 percent was split between the result of an online public ballot3 and the submissions4 from a select group of more than 200 media representatives from around the world.
Ronaldo claimed more than 34 percent of the vote, while Messi and Griezmann obtained less than 27 percent and less than 8 percent respectively.
The 31-year-old star first won the Best FIFA Men's Player in 2008.
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