Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo won the FIFA Best Male Player award over his great rival Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann for a stellar 2015-16 season, at a glittering ceremony. Ronaldo also won the Ballon d'Or, given by France Football magazine, in December, with both honours recognition for success in the Champions League with Real and Euro 2016 with Portugal.
"It's a great feeling, as I mentioned many times last year was a dream year, no doubt about that. Real Madrid wins the Champions League and the national team won the Euros for the first time in history. Unbelievable season. I'm so proud and happy," Ronaldo said.
The Portugal striker, who was speaking at the ceremony shortly before receiving the prize, further insisted, "I have to say thank you to my team-mates of Real Madrid, and team-mates of Portugal and the coaches. It was an amazing year."
Leicester City coach Claudio Ranieri won FIFA Best Men's Coach award. Argentine legend Diego Maradona handed the award to Ranieri. "I'm crazy now," said the Leicester coach. "Thank you so much for voting me. I'm 65 now, I start now as a manager," Ranieri said.
Ex-Germany coach Silvia Neid won the FIFA Best Women's Coach award. Mohd Faiz Subri, forward of club Penang in the 2016 Malaysia Super League won the FIFA Puskas award for the best goal.
Carli Lloyd, of Houston Dash and the US, a World Cup winner and the two-time Olympic winner, was honoured with the FIFA Best Female Player award.