Ronaldo beat Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann to claim football’s top individual prize for 2016. Ronaldo, who previously won the award in 2008, 2013 and 2014, now trails only Messi, who has won the award a record five times. It has been a year to remember for the sultan of the step-over, Ronaldo helped Portugal win Euro 2016, although his performances were often criticised and he was injured early in the final against France. He also won the Champions League with Real Madrid. For 2016, Ronaldo has 38 goals and 14 assists at the club level, with 51 goals and 17 assists at the international level. Ronaldo and Real Madrid are preparing to take on Club America in the semifinals of the Club World Cup in Japan. The award was previously organised jointly with FIFA and the event was known as the FIFA Ballon D’or, however earlier this year FIFA decided to end their partnership with the french collaboration.
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Jade Webster has rejoined the Cayman 27 Team as Sports Reporter/ Producer in August 2016. Jade has a background in News and has developed a passion for Sports while covering international Games. Jade was one of 35 Young Reporters selected worldwide to be apart of the Young Reporters Programme by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) at the Second Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China. She was awarded the 'Best IOC Young Reporter', and went on to cover the Second Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lilehammer, Norway. Jade was also selected as a Young Reporter in 2015 to cover the Toronto Pan American Games, where she was awarded a Hockey Stick for her hard-work and dedication. Jade was the Press Officer for the Cayman Islands Olympic Committee at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janerio, Brazil. She graduated with honors in Broadcast Journalism from the University of South Florida