Two awards in two days! What a magnificent way for Cristiano Ronaldo to enjoy December’s holiday period and conclude the year 2016!
In midweek, Cristiano Ronaldo was honored by both Globe Soccer and European Press Agencies as the best athlete on the planet. Much to the dislike of “haters”, the evergreen Portuguese icon can realistically set his sight on commencing the year 2017 on a high — by grabbing the Best FIFA Men’s Player prize at the inaugural FIFA Football Awards on January 9.
DUBAI, Globe Soccer Awards
Having won almost all the major awards in this calendar year, Ronaldo scooped the top laurel at the seventh edition of the Globe Soccer Awards. The ceremony was held in Dubai on Tuesday, December 27.
Household names such as Real Madrid teammate Gareth Bale, rival Lionel Messi, public admirer Antoine Griezmann, Juventus’ Gonzalo Higuain and Jamie Vardy of Leicester City, were on the nomination list to compete against the ex-Manchester United man for the highest honor of the night.
The four-time Ballon d’Or winner was unable to attend the gala in Dubai but he made an appearance through a satellite video transmission.
“It was a dream year, collectively and individually. This was probably my best year so far,” Ronaldo stated in the short video message.
“To the people who doubted me, who doubted Real Madrid and Portugal: you have the proof. We won everything. Such an amazing year. I’m so happy.”
His right-hand man, super-agent Jorge Mendez, was the delegate present to pick up the award for the forward who is currently training with the rest of the Real Madrid squad.
WARSAW, European Press Agency:
Less than 24 hours after being crowned by Globe Soccer as the world’s best player, the 31-year-old Portuguese ace was named as the Best Sportsman across Europe by the European Press Agency.
The award has been shared among non-football sportsmen for almost six decades of its existence but an incredible campaign in 2016 by Cristiano Ronaldo made it impossible for history to repeat itself. The Portuguese and Real Madrid forward thus became the first ever footballer to win the accolade.
Voted for by 27 European media houses across the continent, Cristiano Ronaldo secured 204 points from the poll to clinch the top spot on the list of 20 athletes nominated by the Polish Press Agency, who are organizers of the annual sports event.
How the Top 10 were ranked:
- Cristiano Ronaldo (Footballer, Portugal/Real Madrid): 204 points
- Andy Murray (Tennis, Great Britain): 180 points
- Katinka Hosszu (Swimming, Hungary): 136 points
- Nico Rosberg (Formula 1, Germany): 115 points
- Mohamed Farah (Athletics, Great Britain): 95 points
- Angelique Kerber (Tennis, Germany): 77 points
- Martin Fourcade (Biathlon, France): 74 points
- Marcel Hirscher (Alpine skiing, Austria): 54 points
- Anita Wlodarczyk (Athletics, Poland): 42 points
- Chris Froome (Cycling, Great Britain): 38 points
THE WAY FORWARD
There is no disputing the fact that the former Red Devil star has been the most influential player over the last 12 months. And this, with 2016 arguably being the best year of his career.
The historic Undecima and FIFA Club World Cup triumphs with Real Madrid, his Euro 2016 exploits with Portugal to win the country’s first ever major trophy and the Ballon d’Or are all there for the showing.
2016 was a great year for Cristiano Ronaldo. pic.twitter.com/PeEsrjXxhR
— GeniusFootball (@GeniusFootball) December 28, 2016
The year is fast approaching its end but there is still one more major award to be secured by Cristiano Ronaldo. FIFA’s “The Best” will put the icing on the cake of what has been a fascinating year for the Portuguese skipper. A luta continua, vitória é certa…