2016: Top shots from the world of sports

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A collection of photos depicting some of the major happenings from the world of sports in 2016.

This file photo taken on July 3, 2016 shows Iceland's midfielder Aron Gunnarsson (C) and team mates acknowledging the fans after the Euro 2016 quarter-final football match between France and Iceland at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, near Paris. (PHOTO: AFP)
This file photo taken on July 3, 2016 shows Iceland’s midfielder Aron Gunnarsson (C) and team mates acknowledging the fans after the Euro 2016 quarter-final football match between France and Iceland at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, near Paris. (PHOTO: AFP)

It was a crazy year for Iceland in 2016 when its president resigned after the Panama Papers scandal, massive demonstrations took place, and the national football team rose from the ashes in the European Championship.

This file photo taken on August 11, 2016 shows USA's Michael Phelps competing in the Men's 200m Individual Medley Semifinal during the swimming event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. (PHOTO: AFP)
This file photo taken on August 11, 2016 shows USA’s Michael Phelps competing in the Men’s 200m Individual Medley Semifinal during the swimming event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. (PHOTO: AFP)

During the Rio Olympic Games, Michael Phelps closed the trophy cabinet after winning his 23rd Olympic gold medal, a stratospheric record. At 31, the greatest swimmer in history is the “retired person” of 2016.

This file photo taken on November 29, 2016 shows rescuers searching for survivors from the wreckage of the LAMIA airlines charter plane carrying members of the Chapecoense Real football team that crashed in the mountains of Cerro Gordo, municipality of La Union, on November 29, 2016. (PHOTO: AFP)
This file photo taken on November 29, 2016 shows rescuers searching for survivors from the wreckage of the LAMIA airlines charter plane carrying members of the Chapecoense Real football team that crashed in the mountains of Cerro Gordo, municipality of La Union, on November 29, 2016. (PHOTO: AFP)

A charter plane carrying the Brazilian football team crashed in the mountains in Colombia late Monday, killing as many as 75 people, officials said.

Staff members of Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team spray German driver Nico Rosberg (C-R) and his wife Vivian Sibold with champagne as they celebrate at the end of the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina circuit on November 27, 2016.
Staff members of Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team spray German driver Nico Rosberg (C-R) and his wife Vivian Sibold with champagne as they celebrate at the end of the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina circuit on November 27, 2016. (PHOTO: AFP)

Nico Rosberg won his maiden Formula One world title by securing second place behind his Mercedes arch-rival Lewis Hamilton in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

This file photo taken on November 20, 2016 shows Britain's Andy Murray posing with the ATP World Number One trophy after winning the men's singles final against Serbia's Novak Djokovic on the eighth and final day of the ATP World Tour Finals tennis tournament in London.
This file photo taken on November 20, 2016 shows Britain’s Andy Murray posing with the ATP World Number One trophy after winning the men’s singles final against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic on the eighth and final day of the ATP World Tour Finals tennis tournament in London. (PHOTO: AFP)

His season had already provided several unforgettable chapters but Andy Murray saved the best to last as he eclipsed Novak Djokovic 6-3 6-4 to claim his first ATP World Tour Finals title and rubberstamp the year-end top ranking.

This file photo taken on August 20, 2016 shows Jamaica's Usain Bolt holding up three fingers for a third relay Olympic title after Team Jamaica won the Men's 4x100m Relay Final during the athletics event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
This file photo taken on August 20, 2016 shows Jamaica’s Usain Bolt holding up three fingers for a third relay Olympic title after Team Jamaica won the Men’s 4x100m Relay Final during the athletics event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. (PHOTO: AFP)

Usain Bolt brought the curtain down on his Olympic career with a record-equalling ninth gold medal, anchoring Jamaica to relay glory in a perfectly scripted finale to complete his unprecedented “triple-triple”.

This file photo taken on July 11, 2016 shows Portugal's forward Cristiano Ronaldo smiling while posing with the trophy after Portugal won the Euro 2016 final football match between Portugal and France at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris. (PHOTO: AFP)
This file photo taken on July 11, 2016 shows Portugal’s forward Cristiano Ronaldo smiling while posing with the trophy after Portugal won the Euro 2016 final football match between Portugal and France at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris. (PHOTO: AFP)

Substitute Eder’s extra-time goal saw Portugal triumph 1-0 to stun France and finally win their first major international trophy in the Euro 2016 Championship final in Paris.

This file photo taken on June 26, 2016 shows Lionel Messi #10 of Argentina reacting after missing a penalty kick against Chile during the Copa America Centenario Championship match at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (PHOTO: AFP)
This file photo taken on June 26, 2016 shows Lionel Messi #10 of Argentina reacting after missing a penalty kick against Chile during the Copa America Centenario Championship match at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (PHOTO: AFP)

Messi cut a dejected figure after losing his third Copa America final, and fourth major final after Argentina’s loss to Germany at the 2014 World Cup, and said after the match he was retiring from the international game. He later announced his return to the game, saying his next target was 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Real Madrid's French coach Zinedine Zidane is lifted by his players after Real Madrid won the UEFA Champions League final football match between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid at San Siro Stadium in Milan, on May 28, 2016. (PHOTO: AFP)
Real Madrid’s French coach Zinedine Zidane is lifted by his players after Real Madrid won the UEFA Champions League final football match between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid at San Siro Stadium in Milan, on May 28, 2016. (PHOTO: AFP)

Real won a record-extending 11th European Cup/Champions League title at the San Siro when they overcame their city rivals 5-3 on penalties after an absorbing contest ended in a 1-1 draw after extra-time.

This file photo taken on February 26, 2016 shows new FIFA president Gianni Infantino reacting after winning the FIFA presidential election during the extraordinary FIFA Congress in Zurich. (PHOTO: AFP)
This file photo taken on February 26, 2016 shows new FIFA president Gianni Infantino reacting after winning the FIFA presidential election during the extraordinary FIFA Congress in Zurich. (PHOTO: AFP)

Infantino was chosen as the new president of FIFA, a position which made his predecessor Sepp Blatter as instantly recognisable as some of the world’s leading statesman. It was a remarkable leap for the affable Swiss-Italian.

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