13th December 2016 marks the day when Cristiano Ronaldo won his 4th Ballon d’Or. He became the second player in the history to receive 4th Ballon dor after Messi did it in 2012. France Football Association announced that Cristiano Ronaldo ballon dor 2016 winner has received his award at Santiago Bernabeu.
Cristiano Ronaldo won the award after a successful year with both club and country. Along with Real Madrid, the Portuguese star collected a UEFA Champions league and UEFA Super Cup medal. Moreover, in the summer of 2016, Cristiano won the Euro Cup with Portugal. It was Cristiano’s first ever trophy with his country and Portugal’s first ever Euro Cup. It is a different debate that whether he was the hero in all those triumphs or not, but he surely added these trophies to his cabinet and that truly counts.
Cristiano Ronaldo Ballon dor 2016 winner-His 4th Ballon dOr
Following Cristiano, Lionel Messi secured the 2nd place in the competition. Meanwhile, the Frenchman Antoine Griezmann finished on the 3rd spot ahead of the Golden boot winner Luis Suarez. Rest of the players according to the positions are Neymar, Bale, Mahrez, Jamie Vardy, Pepe, and the Italian legend Gianluigi Buffon. These are the top 10 players for Ballon dor 2016. The biggest blow in the list is the exclusion of the Spaniard Andres Iniesta. Although Andres is 32 years old, he still has a big impact on a football pitch whenever he plays. He was a crucial player in Barcelona’s domestic double. And surely deserved a spot in the list of top 10.
Meanwhile, his arch rival Lionel Messi is still one Ballon dor ahead of him. The Argentine dominated this year by winning a domestic double and having the most number of goals and assists. But he couldn’t succeed with his country in the Copa America tournament and that cost him to fall behind Cristiano with a large point difference.