Cristiano Ronaldo wins the Ballon d’Or award

Published: 04:57 GMT, Dec 13, 2016 |

Cristiano Ronaldo won the Ballon d’Or award for the fourth time on Monday (Dec 12) after claiming the European Championship and Champions League titles in 2016.

Portugal and Real Madrid forward Ronaldo is now one short of the record tally of five awards won by Barcelona’s Argentina forward Lionel Messi.

“For me it’s a great honour to receive my fourth golden ball. The emotion is like for the first one, it’s a dream come true again. I never thought in my mind to win four times. I’m so happy,” said Ronaldo, who won the award in 2008, 2013 and 2014.

“I take the opportunity to thank all my team mates, from the national team and for Real Madrid. I feel so proud and happy.”

The Ballon d’Or, which merged with the FIFA World Player of the Year award from 2010-15 to create the FIFA Ballon d’Or, returned to France Football magazine this year.

A total of 173 journalists voted but not national team coaches and captains who were also polled for the FIFA award.

Winning a fourth Ballon d’Or caps a remarkable year for Ronaldo, who scored 51 goals in 54 games for club and country, his lowest tally since 2008, claimed another Champions League winners’ medal and lifted the European Championship trophy.