Cristiano Ronaldo has beaten off competition from Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann to win the 2016 Ballon d’Or.
The 31-year-old superstar won the award off the back of a sensational triumph at Euro 2016 after he captained Portugal in their victory over France in the final back in July.
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Ronaldo also had a major part in Real Madrid successfully lifting the Champions League last season.
— Sky Sports News HQ (@SkySportsNewsHQ) 12 декабря 2016 г.
It means Ronaldo has now won the Ballon d’Or on four occasions, just one behind Barcelona and Argentina legend Messi who remains on five.
He adds to the titles he won in 2008, 2013 and 2014.
The Ballon d’Or is awarded to the player considered the best in Europe and is voted by 173 journalists from around the globe.
Ballon d'Or 2016 rankings
Ronaldo was also on hand to say a few words after picking up the prestigious award.
‘Great honour to receive my fourth Ballon d’Or,’ said Ronaldo.
‘The emotion is like the first one, it’s the dreaming come true again.
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‘I never thought in my mind it would be four times to win the golden ball.
‘So I’m so pleased, so happy.
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‘I thank all my team-mates. The national team, Real Madrid, all the people, all the players who helped me win this individual award.
‘As you can imagine I am so happy and proud to receive this amazing and beautiful ball, so I am so happy.’
It’s fair to say Ronaldo and Messi have utterly dominated the award for the past eight years…
Last 8 Ballon d'Or wins
2016: Cristiano Ronaldo
2015: Lionel Messi
2014: Cristiano Ronaldo
2013: Cristiano Ronaldo
2012: Lionel Messi
2011: Lionel Messi
2010: Lionel Messi
2009: Lionel Messi
2008: Cristiano Ronaldo