Cristiano Ronaldo on Monday has crowned the the Best FIFA Men's Player 2016, upsetting Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann. (Xinhua/Reuters)
ZURICH, Jan. 9 (Xinhua) -- Cristiano Ronaldo on Monday was crowned as FIFA Best Men's Player of 2016, beating Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann.
After ending cooperation with France Football magazine Ballon d'Or, FIFA reintroduced the FIFA Best Footballer Awards for the first time since 2009.
In 2016, the attacker helped Real Madrid clinch the UEFA Champions League title over Atletico Madrid by scoring the last penalty in the shoot-out. He finished top of the competition's scoring charts with 16 goals, seven more than second-placed player.
The Portugal captain lifted the first major trophy in his country's history at UEFA EURO 2016, upsetting hosts France.
According to a recently-improved voting system, the winner was chosen via a process in which 50 percent of the result was based on the choices of the captains and head coaches of all the world's national teams.
The other 50 percent was split between the result of an online public ballot and the submissions from a select group of more than 200 media representatives from around the world.