Cristiano Ronaldo has beaten off competition from Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann to win the 2016 Ballon d’Or.

The 31-year-old superstar won the award off the back of a sensational triumph at Euro 2016 after he captained Portugal in their victory over France in the final back in July.

Ronaldo also had a major part in Real Madrid successfully lifting the Champions League last season.

It means Ronaldo has now won the Ballon d’Or on four occasions, just one behind Barcelona and Argentina legend Messi who remains on five.

He adds to the titles he won in 2008, 2013 and 2014.

The Ballon d’Or is awarded to the player considered the best in Europe and is voted by 173 journalists from around the globe.

“I never thought in my mind that I would win the Golden Ball four times. I am pleased. I feel so proud and happy,” said Ronaldo.

“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.”

The former Manchester United forward has scored 19 goals in 20 games for club and country this term, to add to the 54 he got last season.

The Ballon d’Or is voted for by 173 journalists from around the world.

Ronaldo’s 2016 in numbers

Ronaldo has said that 2016 has been his best year
  • 42 games, 38 goals, 14 assists
  • Third best minutes-per-goal rate – 83.68 – of anyone scoring a minimum of 10 goals across Europe’s top five leagues during 2016, behind Luis Suarez (82.57) and Falcao (59.6)
  • Directly involved in 39 La Liga goals in 30 games – 31 scored and nine assists.