FIFA: Cristiano Ronaldo wins the Ballon d’Or award for a fourth time

FIFA: Cristiano Ronaldo wins the Ballon d’Or award for a fourth time

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo won the Ballon d’Or for the 4th time last night to move closer to Lionel Messi of Barcelona who took the honour for a fifth time last year.

Ronaldo scooped the award after he helped Real Madrid win last season’s Champions League and scored three goals as Portugal won Euro 2016. He has now won the Ballon d’Or in 2008, 2013, 2014 and 2016, with Messi the only other recipient of the award since winning it for the first time in 2009.

“I never thought in my mind that I would win the Golden Ball four times. I am pleased. I feel so proud and happy,” said Ronaldo.

“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.”

Atletico Madrid’s French forward Antoine Griezmann finished third in the vote.