Now, Cristiano Ronaldo eyes fifth Ballon d'Or award

Updated: Dec 14, 2016, 12:16 IST | PA Sport |

Cristiano Ronaldo set himself the target of retaining his status as the world's best player after winning the Ballon d'Or for a fourth time on Monday night

Cristiano Ronaldo with his mother Maria Dolores dos Santos Aveiro and son Cristiano Ronaldo Jr in Madrid. Pic/AFP
Cristiano Ronaldo with his mother Maria Dolores dos Santos Aveiro and son Cristiano Ronaldo Jr in Madrid. Pic/AFP

Paris: Cristiano Ronaldo set himself the target of retaining his status as the world's best player after winning the Ballon d'Or for a fourth time on Monday night.

Ronaldo played a crucial role as Real beat city rivals Atletico in May to become European champions for a record-extending 11th time.

Then, later, Portugal triumphed at Euro 2016 in France to claim a major trophy for the first time.

"It is a great honour to receive my fourth Golden Ball. The emotion is like the first one, it is the dream come true again," Ronaldo said:

"I never thought in my mind to win four times the Golden Ball, so I am so pleased and so happy. I have the opportunity to thank all of my teammates, the national team, Real Madrid, all of the people and players who helped me to win this individual award. I feel so proud and happy to receive this amazing and beautiful ball."

Ronaldo, who collected his first Ballon d'Or during his time at Manchester United in 2008, added: "It is important for me, I will try my best, like I do every year. It is a new challenge. I love to play football, so I will try my best to win for Real Madrid first, because it is my team, for the national team to win again if it is possible, we know that it is very, very difficult, and to win it (Ballon d'Or) again next year.

"I will try my best, work hard as always and I will enjoy this moment because it is not easy to win this."

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