As far as Cristiano Ronaldo is concerned, 2016 has been a great year.
Having led the Portuguese national team against impossible odds to win the Euro 2016 final against favourites France, and winning the UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid, with tallies of goals to match, it was no surprise when he won his fourth Balon d’Or trophy.
Days later, he also won the Club World Cup, capping a wonderful calendar year.
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But it seems his year just got better, and this is because he just added another high profile trophy to his collection, making history once more.
Ronaldo recently became the first footballer to win the European Sportsman of the Year.
The former Sporting Lisbon and Manchester United winger had competition for the award from superstars like Andy Murray, high profile British Tennis player, Nico Rosberg, German F1 driver, and Ktina Hosszu, Hungarian swimmer.
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Chosen by 27 European media houses, the award has a voting system not unlike the one used for the selection of the Balon d’Or winner. And this year, Cristiano Ronaldo made away with 204 points – 24 more points ahead of his closest challenger, Murray, who had 180 points.
Hosszu scored 136 points, while Rosberg was further behind with 115 points.
Ronaldo is 31 years old, but doesn’t seem to be slowing down on his footballing career, having already found the back of the net 10 times in 11 La Liga games this season, with a team sitting three point clear at the top of the league table, with an outstanding game to play.
Also, Ronaldo and Real Madrid are already in the Champion’s League round of 16, where they are favourites in a pairing against Italian giants Napoli.
As if that is not enough, there are talks of a much improved contract with Real Madrid to lengthen his stay at the club, which also would see him earn even more than his impressive contract stipulates.
What a year!
And what a sportsman!