New Delhi: Real Madrid star-striker Cristiano Ronaldo has officially dethroned Barcelona's Lionel Messi to be named as the Best Player in Europe 2015-16. The previous holder of the title was Lionel Messi.
After Real Madrid won the 11th UEFA Champions League with Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal's sensational title-win in the Euro 2016, there was little doubt that Ronaldo would not be named as the Best Player in Europe.
Like Ronaldo, France's own Antoine Griezmann was also in line for the title, after reaching the finals of the Euro 2016 and the Champions League. But the player's team suffered defeat in both the matches. However, Antoine Griezmann was named Euro 2016's Player of the Tournament and also won the Golden shoe for being the top goal scorer.
After Argentina suffered a defeat in the finals of Copa America, Barcelona star Lionel Messi announced retirement from international football.
Ronaldo was initially criticised for his performance in the early stages of the Euro competition, leading to some ugly tuffle with journalists questioning his performance.