Ronaldo's trophy-laden 2016 gave him the edge over Messi

Ronaldo's trophy-laden 2016 gave him the edge over Messi

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

Ronaldo's trophy-laden 2016 gave him the edge over Messi

Messi won the 2015 Ballon d'Or award

2. Rafa Benitez is sacked as Real Madrid boss, Zinedane Zidane is appointed and Ronaldo's form picks up

Ronaldo's trophy-laden 2016 gave him the edge over Messi

Rafa Benitez

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

Ronaldo's trophy-laden 2016 gave him the edge over Messi

Atletico Madrid dumped Barcelona out of the Champions League at the quarter-finals

5. Real Madrid win Un Decima, Ronaldo scores winning penalty

Ronaldo's trophy-laden 2016 gave him the edge over Messi

ROnaldo with the 2016 Champions League trophy

6. Messi loses Copa America final with Argentina against Chile

Ronaldo's trophy-laden 2016 gave him the edge over Messi

Messi after the 2016 Copa America final

7. Ronaldo leads Portugal to Euro 2016 glory

Ronaldo's trophy-laden 2016 gave him the edge over Messi

Ronaldo led Portugal to Euro 2016 glory

8. Ronaldo is named UEFA player of the year

Ronaldo's trophy-laden 2016 gave him the edge over Messi

The Real Madrid ace was named UEFA footballer of the year ahead of Messi and Antoine Griezmann

9. Ronaldo picked up his fourth Ballon d'Or

Ronaldo's trophy-laden 2016 gave him the edge over Messi

The Protugal captain beat Messi and Griezmann to the Ballon d'Or

10. Ronaldo is named the European Sportsperson of the year

Ronaldo's trophy-laden 2016 gave him the edge over Messi

Ronaldo beat Andy Murray of Britain to the European sportsperson of the year accolade

Still not convinced Ronaldo deserved to win the FIFA player of the year award?

Source: Sports.naija.ng

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