Cristiano Rolando Wins Ballon d’Or: Beats Lionel Messi To Claim Top Soccer Honor

​After all, Cristiano had ledReal MadridandPortugal’snational team to a pair of significant victories. Los Blancos claimed the2015-16 Champions League title, while Portugal took home the Euro 2016 trophy. With Cristiano heading both teams, it makes perfect sense that he would win his fourth Ballon d’Or.Ballon d’or France Football 2016winner : CRISTIANO— France Football (@francefootball)December 12, 2016Ballon d’or— NoCocoti (@NoCocoti)December 12, 2016Justin Bieber Vs Cristiano Ronaldo — SEE PICSThis is a total shock – well, not really. Thecatwas let out of the bag early, as a report fromMundo Deportivoclaimed that Ronaldo had secured this year’s honor. Some wondered if Messi orLuis Suarez, 29, — who finished the 2015-16 La Liga season as the top scorer – could unseat Ronaldo. Plus, the early edition of France Footballspoiled the surprise, as thecover of the magazine showed Ronaldo with trophy in hand. Whoops!For those who need a refresher: the Ballon d’Or is an annual soccer award presented byFrance Football.It first began in 1956 and continued until 2009, when it merged with theFIFA World Player of the Year award, creating the FIFA Ballon d’Or. In 2015, after Messi wonhis fourth FIFA Ballon d’Or, the two awards separated.Cristiano won his first non-FIFA Ballon d’Or in2008 when he was playing forManchester United. The next year, Messi would win, and the two have traded the award, back-and-forth, for the past eight years. In 2015,Messi won the award after scoring more than 40% of the votes. Cristiano came in at a distant second, only garnering 27% of the support from the 173 sports journalists who decide the winners. Clearly, after the season Cristiano had, the sports world thought that no one else was more worthy of taking home the gold. Congratulations, Ronaldo!


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