Ronaldo beats long-time Barca rival Messi and France's Greizmann to win FIFA player of the year award

Ronaldo wins FIFA's player of the year award

Cristiano Ronaldo won FIFA's rebranded player of the year award on Monday, beating off his old rival Lionel Messi who was pulled out of the ceremony only a few hours earlier by his club Barcelona hours.

Italian Claudio Ranieri won the coach of the year award for leading outsiders Leicester City to the English Premier League title.

The 31-year-old Ronaldo was rewarded for a year in which he won the Champions League with his club Real Madrid and then Euro 2016 with Portugal. Argentine Messi was second in the vote and Frenchman Antoine Griezmann third.

"I'm very happy and I can say that 2016 was the best year of my career," said Ronaldo as he was presented the award by FIFA president Gianni Infantino.

Messi missed the ceremony along with all other Barcelona players who had been invited.

"With the aim of prioritising preparations for Wednesday's game against Athletic Club, FC Barcelona have decided that the players recognised in the awards will not be travelling to Switzerland for the ceremony," said the club in a statement.

Ronaldo also won the France Football's Ballon d'Or, the other major international award for the sport, last month.

Ronaldo also won the old FIFA award once in 2008 and also in 2013 and 2014 when it was organised jointly with France Football magazine.

Next Story
LATEST STORIES
Stray Lions roar as Kanbis displace Swamibapa

Stray Lions consolidated their lead at the summit of Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association Super Twenty20 standings after 11 rounds of matches.

HUNT FOR MISSING JEWEL: Kiyeng readies for maiden world cross appearance

World 3,000m steeplechase champion Hyvin Kiyeng will be making her first appearance at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships.

Wenger backed by Man City boss Guardiola

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has branded some of the treatment of Arsene Wenger as "unacceptable",

CRICKET: Injured Wairimu ruled out for eight months

Captain Daisy Wairimu has been ruled out of the national women cricket team for over eight months following a road accident two weeks ago in Gilgil, Nakuru County.

Man United interested in Real Madrid star Toni Kroos

Kroos has been regularly linked to the Premier League

Everton striker Romelu Lukaku linked with move to Manchester United

Manchester United have been given hope in their pursuit of Everton striker Romelu Lukaku.

More Stories
Wenger backed by Man City boss Guardiola

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has branded some of the treatment of Arsene Wenger as "unacceptable",

Man United interested in Real Madrid star Toni Kroos

Kroos has been regularly linked to the Premier League

Everton striker Romelu Lukaku linked with move to Manchester United

Manchester United have been given hope in their pursuit of Everton striker Romelu Lukaku.

Serb fans racially abuse tearful Brazilian

Partizan Belgrade's Brazilian star Everton Luiz left the field after a match Sunday in tears after suffering a welter of racial abuse from fans of local rivals Rad, B82 television reported.

Rashford claims Manchester United will be thirsty for revenge when they face Chelsea in the FA Cup

Marcus Rashford claims Manchester United will be thirsty for revenge when they face Chelsea in the FA Cup.

TUSKER EXPOSE KPL: Kenyan champions’ exit from Africa raises questions of quality in local league

Tusker’s failure to progress to the first round of the CAF Champions League after falling to minnows AS Port Louis of Mauritius has brought the quality of the Kenyan Premier League into sharp focus.

Sportpesa partners with KTB and KQ to promote tourism

Sports betting firm SportPesa have entered into a partnership with the Kenya Tourism Board and Kenya Airways to promote sports tourism in the country.

Guardiola keen to keep peace with Aguero

Pep Guardiola insists his relationship with Sergio Aguero remains strong despite mounting speculation over the Manchester City striker's future since the arrival of Gabriel Jesus.

Bayern Munich coach Ancelotti ordered to explain explicit gesture

Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti has been asked to explain how he lost his calm and stuck a finger up at a group of Hertha Berlin fans at the weekend.

Former Brighton star Paul McCarthy passes on

Former Brighton and Wycombe star Paul McCarthy has passed on aged just 45 of suspected heart attack, as per the Sun.