Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Ballon d’Or award for the fourth time, capping a season in which he claimed the Euro 2016 and Champions League titles.
Ronaldo is now one short of his La Liga rival Lionel Messi’s record tally of five
— France Football (@francefootball) December 12, 2016
Real Madrid beat city rivals Atletico Madrid in May to become European champions for a record-extending 11th time, with Ronaldo once more playing a crucial role. Two months later Portugal triumphed at Euro 2016 in France to claim a major trophy for the first time. Ronaldo has scored 48 goals in 52 games for club and country in 2016.
The 31-year-old has previously won the Ballon d’Or three times, the last in 2014 when it had been merged with the Fifa World Player of the Year accolade. Ronaldo beat Messi and Antoine Griezmann to the award, with Leicester’s Jamie Vardy finishing eighth in the voting with Riyad Mahrez seventh.