Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo was named as the 2016 Ballon d'Or for the fourth time, Lionel Messi being the only other player who has received it more than him.
Christiano was not in Paris to receive the honor, since he was with his team in Japan, but said,
"This has been the best year of my career from both a team and individual level," Ronaldo said in an interview recorded earlier at the Santiago Bernabeu. "To win the title for Portugal was what was left to achieve on my resume and it was one of the most important moments."
"But to win Champions League as well with Real Madrid was huge," he said, surrounded by the 11 trophies the team has won in Europe's elite club competition.
"This is a dream come true and it is the fourth time. I feel very proud. This win is for my teammates in both the club and the national team. It is incredible to earn this trophy again," Ronaldo said.
The award was presented by the magazine France Football since 1956.