It's just like Cristiano Ronaldo to have the last word - and after the Real Madrid star won FIFA's 'The Best' award on Monday night, he appeared to have a dig at long-time rival Lionel Messi and his Barcelona teammates.


Messi and co stayed home from the ceremony in Zurich to prepare for the second leg of their Copa del Rey tie against Athletic Bilbao, having lost the first leg 2-1 last week, leaving Ronaldo to lament that 'some people from Barcelona' couldn't see him pick up his gong. 

​He said: "This achievement is incredible on a personal level. Unbelievable, I will never forget this year. I am very happy. Thank you everyone, I don't really have anything else to add. The awards I think speak for themselves. I'm just very happy. I'm sorry some people from Barcelona aren't here, but that's understandable."


The Portugal star has more or less swept football's individual awards in the last few months, picking up his fourth Ballon d'Or last month, and added: "It's incredible, it's not the first time but it's the first of this. First and foremost I must thank my team-mates of Real Madrid and the coach. Thank you for everything you have done for me.

"I've also got to thank my family, my brothers, my mum, my whole staff 100 per cent for everything they've given me. 2016 was the best year of my career. I had a lot of doubts but at the end I think the trophies speak for themselves. I achieved the best I could in the competitions and after I won what I did."


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