Ballon d’Or 2016 Winner – Cristiano Ronaldo beats Lionel Messi to best player award

Ballon d’Or 2016 Winner – Cristiano Ronaldo beats Lionel Messi to best player award – Ronaldo has won the Ballon d’Or for the fourth time, beating Lionel Messi to the crown of football’s player of the year. He was was nominated alongside Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann for the prestigious award.

The Real Madrid forward helped his side win the Champions League this year, while he was the star man in Portugal’s run to Euro 2016 glory. He also scored the winning penalty as Real Madrid defeated city rival Atletico Madrid to win the UEFA Champions League for the second time in three seasons in May.

Ballon d’Or 2016 Winner – Cristiano Ronaldo beats Lionel Messi to best player award

Ballon d'Or 2016 Winner - Cristiano Ronaldo beats Lionel Messi to best player award

Ronaldo has now won just one less Ballon d’Or than 2015 winner Messi, whose Barcelona team beat Real Madrid to the Spanish La Liga title by one point.

In an interview, Ronald said ” I have never thought i would win the Golden ball fourth time, Am so pleased and so happy”. He further thanked all of his team-mates, the national team, Real Madrid, all of the people and players who helped him to win this individual award.

FIFA will award its own prize for the world’s top performing player with Ronaldo, Messi and Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann shortlisted in a ceremony due to be held on January 9 in Zurich, Switzerland.

Antoine, who was top scorer at Euro 2016 with six goals for losing finalist France, was third behind Messi in the Ballon d’Or voting.Ballon d'Or 2016 Winner - Cristiano Ronaldo beats Lionel Messi to best player awardRonaldo‘s victory was fore showed on sunday, in a magazine that runs the Ballon d’Or – was shared on social media, showing Ronaldo holding the trophy and an in-depth interview with the star.

He first won the coveted prize in 2008, doing so again in 2013 and 2014. He and Messi have been the only winners since Brazil’s Kaka took the honor in 2007.

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