The Portugal international beat out Lionel Messi for the award, and he admitted that he never imagined he would come to win on four occasions
The Real Madrid and Portugal superstar regained the accolade from long-time Barcelona rival Lionel Messi, with Ronaldo accruing 745 points from the jury of 173 international journalists who voted for the victor.
Ronaldo has enjoyed a sensational 12 months, winning the Champions League with Madrid and earning a first international title with Portugal at Euro 2016.
And the 31-year-old, who has 51 goals to his name for club and country so far this year, reflected that it was Portugal’s success at Euro 2016, where his three tournament goals saw him match Michel Platini as the record goalscorer in European Championship history, that ranks among his best achievement.
“Winning the Euros, the Champions League and now the Ballon d’Or is unforgettable,” Ronaldo told L’Equipe. “This year was the best of my career, both at an individual and at team level.