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Cristiano Ronaldo beats Lionel Messi to win Ballon d’Or 2016

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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.

I am the best in the world says Ronaldo

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.”