Cristiano has won the 2016 Ballon d’Or, it was announced on Monday. The forward enjoyed a spectacular year scoring 48 goals in 52 games in 2016, as well as winning the Champions League with Real Madrid and Euro 2016 with Portugal. It is the fourth time that Ronaldo has won the award. Just one Behind Lionel Messi.
Honorary president Paco Gento presented the award to the Portuguese, who was surrounded by previous Madrid winners including Ronaldo and Figo.
Ronaldo offered his fourth Ballon d’Or to the Bernabéu faithful ahead of the match against Granada on Saturday.
The trophy was introduced by Real Madrid extraordinary Paco Gento honorary Club President, the main player in history to win six European Cups and who now serves as privileged president of the club. Additionally in participation were Madrid’s previous Ballon d’Or victors Raymond Kopa (1958), Ronaldo (1997 and 2002), Michael Owen (2000) and Luis Figo (2001), or more obviously his director Zinedine Zidane (1998).
Kaká and Fabio Cannavaro, two of Madrid’s different champs of the honor, were available by means of video messages played on the Bernabéu enormous screens. The fans in the stadium all held overhead gold bulletins when the players rose up out of the passage to shape a shining mosaic in the Madrid daylight.
History rehashes itself for Granada
It was the second time Ronaldo had displayed his accreditations in front of a Liga amusement against Granada in the Bernabéu. The last time was in 2014, days after Ronaldo had won the 2013 Ballon d’Or, when he opened the scoring in a 2-1 win. Granada’s mentor then was Lucas Alcaraz and the amusement was likewise the early commence.
On Saturday, Cristiano Ronaldo included Real’s third as the home side cleared to a wiin 5-0 Against granada and equal barcelona record of longest winning streak in Spanish history.