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!
He won his first Ballon d'Or way back in 2008 and his third award in 2014.
Lionel Messi currently has five Ballon d'Or awards. He won the fifth one last year.
The remarkable forward player of Atletico Madrid was third in terms of votes, just behind Messi and Ronaldo.
He's very proud of himself for working hard this year.
He was grateful for Real Madrid, the national team, and his formidable teammates.
Last season, he managed to have 54 fantastic goals.
Even if Bale didn't win, his teammate Ronaldo is still very much proud of him.
He was Jamie Vardy from Leicester City. This is surprising since the shortlist had 30 players in total.
To make a definitive and collective decision as to who the winner should be, 173 journalists were asked to vote.
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.
In fact, FIFA wants to give separate awards for the best male player, the best female player, and another one for the best team.
Let's hope that Ronaldo and Messi will continue their great rivalry that has fascinated fans from around the world.