In a contest between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, Ronaldo won his fourth Ballon D’Or.
Messi and Ronaldo have passed the Ballon D’Or award back and forth the past nine times. Ronaldo has received the honor in 2008, 2013, and 2014. Messi has won the Ballon D’Or five times in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015.
Ronaldo’s ball club Real Madrid won the Champions League and typically the Ballon D’Or is awarded to a player from the winning team of the Champions League. Real Madrid beat Atletico Madrid on penalties in the final this past May.
Ronaldo took Portugal to the final of the Euro Championship. He injured his knee in the final game and was sidelined but Portugal beat France 1-0.
According to BBC Sports Ronaldo was surprised to win his fourth golden ball.
“I am pleased. I feel so proud and happy,” Ronaldo said. “I have the opportunity to thank all of my teammates, the national team, Real Madrid, all of the people and players who helped me to win this individual award.”