“A great honour to receive my fourth golden ball,” Ronaldo said upon receiving the award at the Bernabéu. “The emotion is like the first one. It’s the dream come true again. I never thought in my mind to win the golden ball four times so I’m so pleased and happy.
“I have the opportunity to thank all my team-mates, the national team, Real Madrid, all the people and players who helped me to win this individual award. So as you can imagine, I feel so proud and happy to receive this amazing and beautiful ball.”
Ronaldo is now one short of his Barcelona rival Lionel Messi’s record tally of five. Messi finished second this time.
He has scored 48 goals in 52 games for club and country in 2016. The 31-year-old had previously won the Ballon d’Or in 2014, when it had been merged with the Fifa World Player of the Year accolade.
The award, which this year was handed out by France Football magazine separately from Fifa.