In the least surprising news of the day, Cristiano Ronaldo has been awarded the Ballon d’Or and retains his status as the best player in the world for the fourth time.
Games: 55 💪🏼
Goals: 51 ⚽️
Assists: 17 🎯
Champions League: 🏆
EURO 2016: 🏆
Ballon d'Or: 🏆December 12, 2016
Safe to say a lot of people weren’t surprised.
"They don't have to like it, they can even hate it, but they will be forced to accept it" - Ronaldo. pic.twitter.com/wf5oWZkQuA— Chanovember szn (@SarLOEY) December 12, 2016
Though some weren’t impressed – largely because when Portugal won the Euros back in France in the summer, Ronaldo wasn’t even playing as he’d gone off injured early on.
The fact that #Eder won #Ronaldo the #BallonDor without #Ronaldo playing is pathetic! Great player but not this year, no way! #Pathetic pic.twitter.com/sjsT8kCtTW— Jason D Kalaja (@JasonDKalaja) December 12, 2016
Ronaldo won the Ballon D'or because of a tournament he didn't do much in and a final he did nothing in until penalties, joke— Liam (@_LiamBromley) December 12, 2016
Then there’s all the Messi fans who were feeling pretty cheated.
— Raul Vegas (@RaulVegas4) December 12, 2016
Madrid fans: "Ronaldo is better than Messi because he has 4 ballon d'or"
Me: but Messi has 5?
Madrid fans: leave the past in the pastDecember 12, 2016
But the Argentinian did come runner up, followed by Antoine Griezmann, Luis Suarez, Neymar, Gareth Bale, Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy.
Along with Griezmann and Messi, Ronaldo has also been named on a three-man shortlist for the Best Fifa Men’s Player Award 2016, which will be announced at a ceremony in Zurich on January 9.