Cristiano Ronaldo Proud to Win the Fourth Ballon D’Or Award
Cristiano Ronaldo has managed to win his fourth Ballon d’Or award as expected.
After being crowned as the Champions League winner with Real Madrid and going on to lift the Euro 2016 with Portugal, Ronaldo was an overwhelming favourite for the title ahead of Lionel Messi. It was not a disappointing campaign for Messi by any standards, but he was able to win only the league title. As a result, he has fallen behind for the 2016 award. However, he manages to retain the lead over Ronaldo in the overall standings after having won a record five Ballon d’Or titles.
Ronaldo claimed that it was a great honour to be crowned as the best player in the world. Even though he has already won four titles, the 31-year-old says that this victory gives the emotion of a first title. Apart from Messi, Ronaldo also managed to overcome competition from the likes of Antoine Griezmann to win the award.
The incredibly successful calendar year for the Real Madrid superstar can only get better in the next few weeks with the club playing in the FIFA Club World Cup. Even in terms of the personnel statistics, few were able to match him after scoring 48 goals in just 52 games in the last 12 months.
“A great honour to receive my fourth golden ball. The emotion is like the first one. It’s the dream come true again. I never thought in my mind to win the golden ball four times so I’m so pleased and happy.I have the opportunity to thank all my team-mates, the national team, Real Madrid, all the people and players who helped me to win this individual award. So as you can imagine, I feel so proud and happy to receive this amazing and beautiful ball,” said Ronaldo after winning the award.