Ronaldo beats Messi to win 2016 Ballon d'Or

Dec 13, 2016, 00:54
Ronaldo beats Messi to win 2016 Ballon d'Or

That trend continued on Monday, as he found himself behind Ronaldo - and runner-up Messi of Barcelona - as France Football announced the outcome of the prestigious award. Claims Ballon d'Or award in 2008, 2013, 2014 and 2016. He won the Federation Internationale de Football Association award in 2008 while still playing for Manchester United.

No one can deny Cristiano Ronaldo is on a row, with spectacular performances for club and country, and no better way in the world right now than a Ballon d'Or topping. Messi won a record fifth award previous year. You can count on one hand the players who can do it, there are very few who can, and I do it year after year.

Ever the brilliant statesman, Ronaldo has said that "If Portugal or Real Madrid had not won, I would not have won this".

In 2010-15, it also featured votes from national team captains and managers.

Fourth was Luis Suarez and fifth his fellow Barcelona attacker Neymar, with Ronaldo's Welsh team-mate Gareth Bale sixth.

Ronaldo is 31, Messi 29, and one has to wonder how long can the two continue to challenge for "their" Ballon d'Or.

Ronaldo converted the decisive penalty kick in a shootout against rival Atletico Madrid in the final of the Champions League, helping the Spanish powerhouse win the tournament for the second time in three seasons.

4 - Ronaldo this summer became the first player to score at four different European Championships (2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016). A month later he fired, then willed, Portugal to victory at Euro 2016.

Cristiano Ronaldo already is off and running in soccer's individual awards season.

Ronaldo limped off midway through the first half of July's Euro 2016 final, which Portugal won 1-0 after extra time against hosts France but he hobbled back onto the pitch to celebrate his country's first major soccer title.

Ronaldo was unable to collect the accolade as he is now in Japan with his Real Madrid team-mates as they prepare for Club World Cup duty, but was recognised after a remarkable year even by his own high standards.

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