BALLON D’OR – Cristiano Ronaldo won the Ballon D’or 2016. Winner of the Euro and the Champions League, the Portuguese won the most prestigious individual award for the fourth time. Only Lionel Messi is now ahead of the charts.
Could it be otherwise? How could this Ballon D’Or 2016 escape the undisputed master of the season, Cristiano Ronaldo? After the Champions League and the Euro, the Portuguese closed his exceptional exercise by winning the most prestigious individual awards. The Portuguese signed “the best year of his career”, according to his own words on Team 21. Alone above the commoner of mortals, in a very distant galaxy, Ronaldo has established himself as someone that marked his imprint to obtain his third Ballon d’Or in four years.
Ronaldo now weighs four Ballons d’Or. He is ahead of the immense Marco van Basten, Michel Platini and Johan Cruyff (3). A trio of legends that gives the full measure of the trace left by Ronaldo in the history of the game. Now only Lionel Messi (5) does better than him. But this year, even the Argentinian had to bow. Messi pays his early exit in the Champions League (quarter-final) and his defeat in the final of the Copa America. It will have missed a major title to Antoine Griezmann, top scorer of the Euro and other favorite to this Ballon D’Or 2016 contest. The French bumped in the final of the C1 and the European Championship against Real and Portugal … Ronaldo.
Individual and collective success
This season, and for the first time in his career, CR7 combined his exceptional individual success with those of his club and his selection. If his previous coronations bore above all the mark of his exploits with Manchester United and Real Madrid, this one is particular since it crowns its capacity to train with him the collective. Notably that of Portugal which conquered its first major title in July in the wake of its captain. This Ballon d’Or, awarded by a college of 173 journalists chosen by France Football, is absolutely indisputable.
With 51 goals and 17 assists in 55 matches, his statistics remain at prodigious heights. But the top scorer of the last C1 (16) has mostly switched the fate of his teams. He was offered a triple in the quarter-finals of the Champions League against Wolfsburg while Real was close to the exit. At the Euro, it was again he who led Portugal in the final by opening the half-time score in Wales (2-0) at the price of a superhuman relaxation.
Cristiano Ronaldo recalled that he was the best this year by slamming a resounding hat-trick at the end of November in the championship against Atlético de Griezmann and if it was still necessary to push the nail and put away a sensation of a mixed autumn. This year was definitely his. From January to December. This 61st Ballon d’Or could not escape him.