Cristiano Ronaldo called it ”a dream come true again” as he won his fourth Ballon d’Or on Monday to get one over his nemesis Lionel Messi for the title of best player in the world.7
Cristiano Ronaldo has told France Football he believes he might have won the Ballon d’Or more times than Lionel Messi if they were played in the Same team, but described his rival as ”a great player.”
It was the perfect ending to another fantastic year for the real Madrid star who won the Champions League for the second time in three seasons and then led Portugal to their first major title at Euro 2016-albeit he went off early injured and in tears in the surprise victory over France.
Barcelona forward Messi, 29, came second to Cristiano Ronaldo, 31 in the 2016 vote but has five Ballons d’Or to the Real Madrid Man’s four.
Ronaldo a massive 745 points over 400 more than Messi in this Poll which canvassed a handpicked panel of journalists worldwide.
As has been the case for almost a decade now, the 31-year old’s main rival was Messi but the Barcelona and Argentine maestro had to relinquish the crown after a less than stellar year for club and country bu his lofty standards.
Cristiano Ronaldo is now one Ballon d’Or behind Messi, who was second this time French striker Antoine Griezmann third.
Never one to play down his achievements, Cristiano Ronaldo was spotted midweek in training having dyed his hair gold in anticipation and several media outlets published a photo earlier on Monday appearing to confirm he was the winner, before Organisers France Football magazine made the official announcement.
Cristiano Ronaldo said,”For me it’s great honor to receive my fourth Ballon d’Or the emotion is like the first one -It’s a dream come true again who is at the Club world cup in japan, told L’Equipe TV
”I never thought in my mind to win four times the Ballon d’Or, I’m so pleased and so happy, I have to thank all my team mates the national team, real Madrid, all the people, the play comes a time when the prolific forward has generated negative headlines in the past week over accusations of tax evasion.
Denying any wrongdoing, he responded by publishing his financial records last week showing last year he earned a whopping 227 million euros $240 million
Cristiano Ronaldo the highest paid sportsman in the world, first won the Ballon d’Or in 2008 after Premier League and champions League triumphs with Manchester United. But it was only in 2013 that he added his second-Messi had hogged it before then and Ronaldo made it a hat-trick the following year.
The First Ballon d’Or was won by Stabley Matthews, at the time with Blackpool, who beat Alfredo Di Stefano for the inaugural title in 1956. the Ballon d’Or is decide by a vote of 173 journalists.