Cristiano Ronaldo beats Lionel Messi to win Ballon d’Or 2016
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo beat rival Lionel Messi to win the prestigious Ballon d’Or award for a fourth time.The 31-year-old is now one behind Barcelona’s Messi, who took the honour for a fifth time last year.Ronaldo scored 51 goals in 54 games this year while leading Real Madrid to their record 11th Champions League trophy and Portugal to its first European Championship.
Atletico Madrid’s French forward Antoine Griezmann finished third in the vote.
Ronaldo said: “I never thought in my mind to win four times the Golden Ball, so I am so pleased and so happy.
“I have the opportunity to thank all of my team-mates, the national team, Real Madrid, all of the people and players who helped me to win this individual award.
“As you can imagine I feel so proud and happy to receive this amazing and beautiful ball, I am so happy.”