Fans amused by Ronaldo’s sly dig at Barcelona

As expected, Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo was crowned FIFA’s Best Men’s Player for 2016, capping off an incredible year for the Portuguese attacker.

What was not quite expected was the 31-year-old’s very public dig at Barcelona and (most likely) Lionel Messi, who were not in attendance at the ceremony in Zurich on Monday night.

During his acceptance speech, Ronaldo gave the obligatory ‘thank you’ to his club, teammates, coaches, family and somewhat bizarrely his “staff”.

At the end of the speech, though, he appeared to take a swipe at Barcelona and his La Liga rival Lionel Messi for not being at the awards show.

The players decided to stay in the Catalan city in order to prepare for the second leg of their Copa del Rey clash against Athletic Bilbao, which gets underway in 48 hours’ time.

Ronaldo made reference to their absence by saying: “I’m sorry that some people from Barcelona aren’t here with us and that’s understandable but thank you to everyone. Thank you for what you’ve given me.”

Perhaps he was genuinely sorry that his arch rivals could not make it to Zurich, but the majority of fans on Twitter believed that the ex-Manchester United star was delivering a verbal blow to Messi and co.