Ronaldo came out on top of a finals list of Andy Murray and Katinka Hosszu to win the prestigious award.
An original member of Real Madrid’s ‘Galacticos’ Cristiano Ronaldo was voted European Sportsperson of the Year by Polish news agency PAP. The Portuguese superstar beat Britain’s Tennis ace Andy Murray as well as Hungarian swimmer Katinka Hosszu in the contest voted on by 27 international agencies.
Record breaker, history maker
The agencies that took part in the vote include:
“Efe (Spain) France Presse (France), Agerpress (Romania), ANP (Netherlands), APA (Austria), ATA (Albania), Belga (Belgium), Belta (Belorussia), BTA (Bulgaria), CTK (Czech Republic), DPA (Germany), Elta (Lithuania), Fena (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Hina (Croatia), Leta (Latvia), Lusa (Portugal), Moldpres (Moldova), SDA-ATS (Switzerland), SHGSK (Kosovo), SID (Germany), Sita (Slovakia), STA (Slovenia), Tanjug (Serbia), TASS (Russia), Ukrinform (Ukraine) and PAP (Poland)” – sportskeeda
In 2016, Andy Murray not only won the Wimbledon title, he also won Olympic gold for tennis, vaulting to the top of the Tennis world. Hosszu won 3 Gold medals as well as Silver in Rio setting a world as well as an Olympics record.
Voters judged Ronaldo’s year to have been better, with the 31-year-old four times winner of the Ballon D’or helping Real Madrid their 11th European Club championship, then guiding his country Portugal to their first European Championship in France as well as winning the just ended Club World Cup for his club. He scored a total of 55 goals for club and country in the calendar year.
In a somewhat surprising fashion, Brazilian soccer players also selected him the best of 2016 ahead of winner of Brazil’s first ever Olympic gold for soccer, Neymar, and Argentine’s wizard, Lionel Messi.
It was a year of such fulsome praise from friends and foes alike as well as genuine accomplishments that were just short of winning the world cup that the superstar, winner also of the best player at the Globe Soccer awards could not help but acknowledge 2016 as the best year of his career.
“Collectively and individually, it was probably my best year so far. We won the Champions League with Real Madrid, we won a major title with Portugal’s national team for the first time, I won the Ballon d’Or, the Club World Cup. I cannot ask for more. The people who still doubt me, Real Madrid and the national team, they now have the proof. We won everything. So it has been an amazing year and I am very happy with it. I want to thank my team-mates from the national team and Real Madrid.”