Cristiano Ronaldo wins Ballon d’Or after Euro 2016 triumph

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Ballon d’Or after Euro 2016 triumphCristiano Ronaldo secured his fourth Ballon d'Or title Monday, beating old rival Lionel Messi to the title of world's best footballer over the past 12 months.

It capped a successful 2016 for Ronaldo as his Portugal side won Euro 2016 and his club, Real Madrid, took the Champions League.

“A great honour to receive my fourth golden ball,” Ronaldo said upon receiving the award at the Bernabéu. “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.”

Ronaldo is now one short of his Barcelona rival Lionel Messi who has scored five Ballon d'Or titles.
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