As expected, FIFA President Gianni Infantino handed out the award to Cristiano Ronaldo who had a wonderful and successful 2016.
‘It’s incredible, it’s not the first time but it’s the first of this. First and foremost I must thank my team mates of Real Madrid and the coach. Thank you for everything you have done for me. I’ve also got to thank my family, my brothers, my mum, my whole staff 100 per cent for everything they’ve given me. 2016 was the best year of my career.
I had a lot of doubts but at the end I think the trophies speak for themselves. I achieved the best i could in the competitions and after I won what I did. This achievement is incredible on a personal level. Unbelievable, I will never forget this year. I am very happy. Thank you everyone, I don’t really have anything else to add. The awards I think speak for themselves. I’m just very happy. I’m sorry some people from Barcelona aren’t here, but that’s understandable.’