Tuesday, 10 January 2017


After a year of remarkable prosperity and some less
welcome allegations, the Authentic Madrid superstar
insists he deserved to win FIFA's latest award
Cristiano Ronaldo is in no doubt that he deserved to
win FIFA's inaugural The Best Men's Player award
for 2016.
The 31-year-old beat Lionel Messi to the prize at
Monday's gala following what he considers to be
the best year of his vocation, in which he won the
Champions League, the UEFA Super Cup and the
Club World Cup with Authentic Madrid, and Euro 2016
with Portugal. Ronaldo claimed his fourth Ballon d'Or last month
afore following up that triumph with FIFA's
accolade - a revamp of the World Player of the
Year award that was presented between 1991 and
"It was an unforgettable year at a collective and
individual level," he told El Partidazo. "I think it's
almost impossible to have a better year than this
"This is the best moment since I came to Madrid
and also with the Portugal national team, which I
can't forget. I'm in the best moment of my career
and I'm very happy. "There were a lot of doubts and campaigns against
me, inside and outside football, too. They wanted
to hit me from all sides.
"The truth is that The Best prize was for the best,
which is me. So I'm very happy.
"For the season I've had with both Madrid and the
national team, for the trophies and the standards, I
deserved to win. It's that simple."
Ronaldo integrated that he would have preferred Messi
and his Barcelona team-mates to attend the event
in Switzerland, with the Catalans having kept their
players in Spain in order to prioritise preparations
for Wednesday's Copa del Rey clash with Athletic
"I just said I would like them to be there because
that would make the gala even more beautiful, but
I'm not sad because I can't be sad after winning a
trophy," he said.

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