Ronaldo “It’s dream come true, again”

 Ronaldo thanks Portugal and Real team-mates after winning fourth Ballon d’Or.

Cristiano Ronaldo has been named winner of the 61st Ballon d’Or, his fourth career prize for world player of the year.

The Real Madrid star, currently in Japan for the Club World Cup, beat rival Lionel Messi to the award for the world’s best player.

The result was hardly a surprise after a ‘leaked’ copy of France Football showed the Real Madrid on the cover with the trophy.

The win takes Ronaldo within one win of Messi’s record five gongs.

Ronaldo was presented the award at Real’s home the Santiago Bernabeu by France Football’s managing director Pascal Ferre before leaving for Japan.

“I never thought in my mind to win four times the Golden Ball, so I am so pleased and so happy,” said Ronaldo in a pre-recorded presentation.

“I have the opportunity to thank all of my team-mates, the national team, Real Madrid, all of the people and players who helped me to win this individual award.

“As you can imagine I feel so proud and happy to receive this amazing and beautiful ball.”

Mirror UK

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