Cristiano Ronaldo ends this year on a spectacular note. The Ballon d’Or 2016 winner had a year any footballer would envy.
The beginning of 2016 had the footballing world dubious of Cristiano Ronaldo. The Real Madrid forward had an exemplary previous season, but couldn’t replicate it initially in 2016. At times, he went on a goal drought for more than a couple of matches too. This, however, didn’t stop him from finding his Midas touch midway through, finally earning him the Ballon d’Or 2016.
Ballon d’Or 2016 Competition
Barcelona hit-man Lionel Messi had a fair chance of winning the award and so was Atletico’s Antoine Griezmann. Messi, the five-time award winner, had an outstanding season with around 50 goals in 50 appearances for his club. Griezmann, on the other hand, was instrumental in his club’s Champions League exploits and France’s road to Euro finals.
Messi’s inability to fire Argentina to Copa America title and Champions League defeat was detrimental to his award shot. The same applies to his team mates Neymar and Suarez too. The former saw some success with Brazilian team, but couldn’t quite get the job done with the club. Suarez was in a fiery form throughout the year, but was nowhere successful as Ronaldo was.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s Ballon d’Or 2016 win has more to do with titles than individual accomplishments. Portugal’s Euro success and Real’s Champions League win are the key factors in play here. Needless to say, he was the favorite to win from the commencement of the voting process.
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Ceremony and Other Updates
After an association with the award for five years, FIFA cut the ties for this year. Hence, the announcement of the winner in social media is in contrast to the ceremonial announcement. Furthermore, France Football made the ranking announcement of the other players in the social media.
Ronaldo’s team mate, Gareth Bale, settles for the sixth spot before the Leicester duo. Thanks to Vardy and Mahrez’s performance and the subsequent title, they are among the top ten. Manchester United duo Ibrahimovic and Pogba are just behind the Leicester duo. In addition to them, City’s Aguero and Kevin de Bruyne are among the nominees.
As it stands today, Messi is a five-time winner and Ronaldo is just one award shy. This raises the stakes on the Messi or Ronaldo debate, of course. Perhaps, only 2017 will tell!