The unfortunate news of the evening was the "boycott" by FC Barcelona which "did not allow" their nominated players: Iniesta, Pique, Luis Suarez & Messi ( also nominated for "Best 2016") to attend. The real reason is their disagreements with FIFA over "under-aged players" sanctions, & the fact the "Court of Arbitration in Sport" sanctioned in favour of Real Madrid for similar accusations. FC Barcelona believes FIFA favours Real Madrid, which in itself obviously needs to be proven.
The action of not attending has damaged seriously FC Barcelona profile & their Worldwide image as their dominance of World Soccer begins to decline. What is worse, Lionel Messi has involved himself in all this racket being nominated as "Best Player" & we all will want to know if this decision was voluntary.
FC Barcelona has claimed officially that their players are concentrated for their upcoming Spanish Cup qualifier return match, a game they need to win to stay alive in the competition after losing 2 -1 away to Athletic Club Bilbao. Naturally no one believes this story as Barça has never given the Spanish Cup the "priority" they have until today.
In all case, the damage has been done image wise.
FIFA Best Player 2016
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal / Real Madrid CF)
The voting was in the following porportions:
Cristiano Ronaldo 34,54% Votes
Lionel Messi 26.42%
Spanish Football dominated as well the Best XI team 2016... Real Madrid contributed to the best 11 with 5 players, while Barça had 4 & Atletico de Madrid was represented with Griezmann. The inexplicable part of this voting was that Griezmann was voted 3rd Best Player for 2016, but did not manage to make the Best XI. Again FIFA shows its incoherent side as in past Awards & has lifted some eyebrows.
FIFA BEST 11 FIFPRO 2016:
GOALKEEPER: Neuer (FC Bayern Munich/ Germany)
DEFENCE: Alves (Barcelona y Juventus / Brazil), Pique (FC Barcelona / Spain), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid / Spain) & Marcelo (Real Madrid / Brazil)
MIDFIELDERS: Luka Modric (Real Madrid / Croatia), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid / Germany) & Andres Iniesta (FC Barcelona / Spain)
FORWARDS: Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona / Argentina), Luis Suarez (FC Barcelona / Uruguay) & Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid CF / Portugal)
OTHER FIFA BEST AWARDS: