Ballon d'Or 2016: Cristiano Ronaldo beats Lionel Messi to best player award

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    • Ronaldo wins Ballon d'Or for fourth time
    • He won Euro 2016 and Champions League
    • Awarded to player voted best in world

    (CNN)Cristiano Ronaldo secured his fourth Ballon d'Or title Monday, beating old rival Lionel Messi to the title of world's best footballer over the past 12 months.

    It capped a successful 2016 for Ronaldo, who captained Portugal to its first major international honor at the European Championships in France.
      He also scored the winning penalty as Real Madrid defeated city rival Atletico Madrid to win the UEFA Champions League for the second time in three seasons in May.
      Ronaldo has now won just one less Ballon d'Or than 2015 winner Messi, whose Barcelona team beat Real Madrid to the Spanish La Liga title by one point.
      Messi missed out on his first international title when Argentina lost to Chile in June's Copa America final -- he said that would be his last game for his country, but