2016 Ballon d’Or: Cristiano Ronaldo voted the best footballer in the World for 4th time, one Ballon d’Or behind Messi
- Cristiano Ronaldo has been voted the best player in the world for a fourth time
- Ronaldo is now one Ballon d’Or behind Messi, who was second this time with Griezmann third
- “I never thought in my mind to win four times the Ballon d’Or”
Cristiano Ronaldo outsmart French striker Antoine Griezmann and Argentine skipper Lionel Messi to win the much-deserved Ballon d’Or for the fourth time.
Ronaldo, the highest-paid sportsman in the world, first won the Ballon d’Or in 2008 after Premier League and Champions League triumphs with Manchester United.
The Barcelona Superstar Lionel Messi won the award in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 beating Ronaldo in all these years
Ronaldo 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.
Cristiano Ronaldo called it “a dream come true again” as he won his fourth Ballon d’Or on Monday to get one over his nemesis Lionel Messi for the title of best player in the world.
“For me it’s a great honour to receive my fourth Ballon d’Or. The emotion is like the first one – it’s a dream come true again,” Ronaldo, who is at the Club World Cup in Japan, told L’Equipe TV.
“I never thought in my mind to win four times the Ballon d’Or, I’m so pleased and so happy.
“I have to thank all my team-mates, the national team, Real Madrid, all the people, the players who helped me to win this individual trophy.
“I want to enjoy this moment because it’s not easy to win this.”
Ronaldo was spotted midweek in training having dyed his hair gold in anticipation and several media outlets published a photo earlier on Monday appearing to confirm he was the winner, before organisers France Football magazine made the official announcement.
Ronaldo’s Real Madrid team-mate Gareth Bale finished sixth in the vote, while Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy – the only Englishman included on the 30-player shortlist – was eighth.