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Cristiano Ronaldo Wins Fourth Ballon d’Or

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Ballon d’Or 2016

Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo beats Lionel Messi to win Ballon d’Or

Monaco, France – Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo won the Ballon d’Or for a fourth time on Monday, beating Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann to world football’s top individual prize for 2016.

Ronaldo has previously won the award in 2008, 2013 and in 2014, this is when the award was officially the FIFA Ballon d’Or. He is only the second player in history to win it a total of four times, trailing only Messi’s record of five.

The award caps an unforgettable year that saw Ronaldo win the 11th Champions League with Real Madrid and the first European Champion with Portugal — the country’s first major award in soccer.

“It is a special moment. It means that all my sacrifice was worth it. I feel very happy to win this. I worked very hard,” Ronaldo said in accepting the award.

“A lot of people helped me get here, and it is not easy to get here. You can count on one hand players who maintain this level year after year. I am one of them, and that is a source of pride for me.”

Real Madrid are preparing to take on Club America in the semifinals of the Club World Cup in Japan.

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