Cristiano Ronaldo had a trophy laden 2016 which included the Champions League and European Championship titles but there were other factors that led to his FIFA player of the year award.
We have picked out the 10 talking points in 2016 for Ronaldo and Messi that led to the former winning the FIFA Footballer of the Year award.
1. Messi wins 2015 Ballon d'Or, Ronaldo promises to bounce back
2. Rafa Benitez is sacked as Real Madrid boss, Zinedane Zidane is appointed and Ronaldo's form picks up
3. Ronaldo scores winner in April 2016 El Clasico
4. Barcelona lose to Atletico Madrid in the Champions league quarter-final, Madrid advance to final
5. Real Madrid win Un Decima, Ronaldo scores winning penalty
6. Messi loses Copa America final with Argentina against Chile
7. Ronaldo leads Portugal to Euro 2016 glory
8. Ronaldo is named UEFA player of the year
9. Ronaldo picked up his fourth Ballon d'Or
10. Ronaldo is named the European Sportsperson of the year
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