THE CLASS OF 2016
CR7’s European double makes him our Man of the Year, but he wasn’t the only player to enjoy a great 12 months
The Flea’s still goal-crazy after all these years, reaching 50 for 2016 on November 1, although Copa America agony soured his Barça double and prompted a brief international retirement.
During 2015-16, Suarez broke Messi and Ronaldo’s six-year stranglehold on the La Liga Pichichi Trophy by scoring a frankly ludicrous 40 league goals, with 16 assists to boot.
Having deservedly won both Fans’ and Players’ Player of the Year, the winger unexpectedly extended his contract – then bagged a brace on Leicester’s Champions League debut.
GOnZALO HIGUAI n
Higuain hit a final-day hat-trick to equal Serie A’s goalscoring record set in 1929. His 36-goal campaign – 17 more than his nearest rival – led to a $110m move from Napoli to Juventus.
Griezmann’s 2016 brought the Euro 2016 Golden Boot and Golden Ball, two major final appearances and more goals in 2016-17, all while adapting to a new central position. Not bad.
ROBERT LEWA nDOWSKI
Nobody had scored 30 goals in a Bundesliga season since Star Wars was released. The Pole, though, is insatiable. He has as many braces and hat-tricks in 2016-17 as he has single goals.
Upstaged in Wales’ incredible Euro 2016 and even in signing a record-breaking Real Madrid contract, Bale seems destined to live in Ronaldo’s shadow. Fortunately, he doesn’t agree.