A collection of photos depicting some of the major happenings from the world of sports in 2016.
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.
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.
A charter plane carrying the Brazilian football team crashed in the mountains in Colombia late Monday, killing as many as 75 people, officials said.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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 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.
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.