What a year it has been for Real Madrid and Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo. Champions League winner, Euro 2016 champion and now he sees off Antoine Griezmann and arch nemesis Lionel Messi to pick up world football’s most coveted individual award.
This adds to his previous Ballon d’Or wins in 2008, 2013 and 2014 as he closes the gap on Messi, who has five Ballon d’Or awards to his name.
Love him or hate him, the Portuguese maestro is one of the greatest players ever to grace a football pitch. People might argue Messi is better but Ronaldo has been a magnificent athlete for years now and his goalscoring ability is unmatched.
The football world has since paid tribute on Twitter.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 12, 2016
What a year it’s been for Cristiano Ronaldo. ??? pic.twitter.com/VbbzK4yN3d
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 12, 2016
Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the greatest footballers to ever play the game. He deserves this year’s Ballon d’Or. No one has even been close.
— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) December 12, 2016
Most significant thing about Ronaldo’s Ballon d’Or is that his 4th has come 8 years after his 1st. Reminds you how long he’s been this good.
— Tim Collins (@TimDCollins) December 12, 2016
Cristiano Ronaldo Jr celebrates his dad’s fourth Ballon D’or with a dab.
I’ll let him off, he’s only a kid.. pic.twitter.com/3NDGURCq9F
— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) December 12, 2016
THIS IS RONALDO! pic.twitter.com/1eK62T5Iz3
— Esporte Interativo (@Esp_Interativo) December 12, 2016
Ronaldo wins 4th Ballon d’Or. What a hero.
— NepentheZ (@NepentheZ) December 12, 2016
Fourth Ballon D’or for @cristiano Ronaldo, another incredible year with trophies for club and country. An all-time great.
— ᗷIᒪᒪ ᖇIᑕᕮ ?? (@billrice23) December 12, 2016
No more deserving winner of the Ballon D’or than Cristiano Ronaldo. Messi was busy retiring from Argentina whilst CR7 led POR to the Euros.
— Adam Joseph (@AdamJosephSport) December 12, 2016
Vincent O’Shea, Pundit Arena