Its official. Cristiano Ronaldo has won the FIFA Best Player Award for his outstanding 2015-2016 season.
The 31 year old Real Madrid and Portugal Forward beat out many other players including Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Riemann and Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.
Winning both the Champions League and the Euro, Ronaldo has had one of the most successful seasons in recent history. In 44 games, he has scored 42 goals and totaled 14 assists. He also has the third best minutes-per-goal rate of anyone scoring a minimum of 10 goals amongst Europe’s best 5 leagues with 83.68. He finished just behind Luis Suarez who had 82.57 minutes-per-goal and Radamel Falcao with 59.6 minutes-per-goal.
Cristiano reaffirmed his case for FIFA player of the year by finishing as the top scorer in the Champions League this past season with 16 total goals.
Some confusion has surrounded this conversation as the Ballon d’Or has already been awarded to Ronaldo. For the past six years, the recognition for the world’s best player has been embodied in this award. However, the France Football Magazine, who awards this the Ballon d’Or every year, has restructured their award system. They have now introduced the Best FIFA Football Awards.
Here are the other awards:
Carli Lloyd (United States) – Best Female Player
Claudio Ranieri (Leicester) – Best Men’s Coach
Silvia Neid (Germany) – Best Female Coach
In regards to the voting that goes into these awards it is divided up between select journalists, team captains, team managers, and an online poll for fans. Each of these groups accounts for ¼ of the total vote. This is a great system as everyone involved gets a say in the awards – not solely the organizations and press as it was before.
We will see how this system works out in the future as this is the first year it has been implemented.