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Cristiano Ronaldo beats Messi to win Balloon d’Or for the fourth time!

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Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo 31, won the prestigious Ballon d’Or award for a fourth time on Monday night, beating Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann.

Ronaldo helped Real Madrid win last season’s Champions League and scored three goals as Portugal won Euro 2016.

Ronaldo has previously won the award in 2008, 2013 and 2014 when it was officially the FIFA Ballon d’Or, making him only the second player to win it a total of four times, behind Messi who has received the honour in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015.

It’s a memorable year for Ronaldo winning the Euro 2016 Championship, Champions League and then capping it up with the prestigious Balloon d’Or award.

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The Ballon d’Or is given to the best Europe-based player as voted by 173 journalists from around the world.

Only Ronaldo and Messi have been won the Ballon d’Or since 2007, when Kaka won the prize.

Ronaldo has scored 51 goals in 54 games for club and country in 2016.

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