Cristiano Ronaldo said winning FIFA's Best Men's Player for 2016 "shows that people aren't blind" after beating Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann to claim the prize in Zurich on Monday.
Ronaldo, who picked up his fourth Ballon d'Or in December, also landed the first separate FIFA prize since world football's governing body and France Football announced in September that they would be presenting two separate awards.
The Best FIFA Men's Player award is voted for by each of 211 nations comprising the national team captain, manager, and a journalist, and fans registered on FIFA.com -- each group holding 25 percent of electoral weight -- for a player's performances from Nov. 20, 2015 to Nov. 22, 2016.
Ronaldo earned 34.54 percent of total votes while Messi finished second with 26.42 percent and Greizmann was third at 7.53 percent.
"I'd like to thank my team, national team, Real Madrid, my trainer, my family that came here, my son, my brothers," Ronaldo said in accepting the award. "2016 was the best year of my career, the trophy shows that people aren't blind and watch the games.
"With everything I won with my national team and club, with great individual performance, I can't forget this incredible year. Thanks for voting for me.
"I don't have much more to say, I think the awards speak for themselves. I'm not going to do the scream, just the motion."