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This Ballon d’Or award is result of hard work, says Ronaldo

By Femi Adefioye, Lagos
Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo won the Ballon d’Or for a fourth time on Monday night, saying the triumph is a reflection of the hard work he has put into his football career over the years.In his acceptance specch, he stated that “It is a special moment. It means that all my sacrifice was worth it. I feel very happy to win this. I worked very hard.
“A lot of people helped me get here, and it is not easy to get here. You can count on one hand players who maintain this level year after year. I am one of them, and that is a source of pride for me.”
The Portuguese beat arch rival, Lionel Messi of Barcelona and Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann to world football’s top individual prize for 2016.
Ronaldo, who had previously won the award in 2008 as well as in 2013 and 2014, when it was officially the FIFA Ballon d’Or, is only the second player to win it a total of four times, trailing only Messi’s record of five.
The honour caps a memorable year that saw Ronaldo win the Champions League with Real Madrid and the European Championship with Portugal — the country’s first major footballing silverware.

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