Cristiano Ronaldo Wins This Year's Ballon d'Or And Conquers Lionel Messi

He's definitely the best in the world.

Cristiano Ronaldo Wins This Year's Ballon d'Or And Conquers Lionel Messi
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Cristiano Ronaldo is familiar with receiving accolades and recognition. After all, the Portuguese Football Federation already identified Ronaldo as the best Portuguese football player ever. In addition, the 31-year-old Real Madrid player has won the European Golden Shoe four times. Because of his performance, Cristiano Ronaldo became this year's highest-paid athlete.

Now, it looks like all that money is definitely worth it as he just on the Ballon d'Or. Read on!

Cristiano Ronaldo is now a four-time Ballon d'Or award winner.

Cristiano Ronaldo is now a four-time Ballon d'Or award winner.

He won his first Ballon d'Or way back in 2008 and his third award in 2014.

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This means he only needs to win one more Ballon d'Or to have as many as Lionel Messi.

This means he only needs to win one more Ballon d'Or to have as many as Lionel Messi.
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Lionel Messi currently has five Ballon d'Or awards. He won the fifth one last year.

Aside from Ronaldo and Messi, Antoine Griezmann was also recognized at the ceremony.

Aside from Ronaldo and Messi, Antoine Griezmann was also recognized at the ceremony.
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The remarkable forward player of Atletico Madrid was third in terms of votes, just behind Messi and Ronaldo.

Ronaldo is elated right now since he won the award four times.

Ronaldo is elated right now since he won the award four times.
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He's very proud of himself for working hard this year.

He also wanted to thank a lot of people, including his teams.

He also wanted to thank a lot of people, including his teams.
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He was grateful for Real Madrid, the national team, and his formidable teammates.

This season, Ronaldo was able to get 19 goals in just 20 games.

This season, Ronaldo was able to get 19 goals in just 20 games.
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Last season, he managed to have 54 fantastic goals.

Gareth Bale was sixth in this year's voting tally.

Gareth Bale was sixth in this year's voting tally.
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Even if Bale didn't win, his teammate Ronaldo is still very much proud of him.

Interestingly, only one Englishman made it to the shortlist.

Interestingly, only one Englishman made it to the shortlist.
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He was Jamie Vardy from Leicester City. This is surprising since the shortlist had 30 players in total.

The Ballon d'Or is a prestigious award that every football player aims to win.

The Ballon d'Or is a prestigious award that every football player aims to win.
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To make a definitive and collective decision as to who the winner should be, 173 journalists were asked to vote.

Having the Ballon d'Or means that Ronaldo is this year's best football player in the world.

Having the Ballon d'Or means that Ronaldo is this year's best football player in the world.
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The award had actually been handed out by France Football since 1956. Six years ago, FIFA decided to turn it into the FIFA Ballon d'Or award.

Surprisingly, FIFA plans to release its own grand award next year.

Surprisingly, FIFA plans to release its own grand award next year.
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In fact, FIFA wants to give separate awards for the best male player, the best female player, and another one for the best team.

Congratulations, Cristiano Ronaldo!

Congratulations, Cristiano Ronaldo!
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Let's hope that Ronaldo and Messi will continue their great rivalry that has fascinated fans from around the world.

Do you think Ronaldo can beat Messi's record of 5 Ballon d'Or awards?