NEWS | 25/08/2016"It's a great honour after an incredible season", said the Portuguese forward, who claimed the award for the second time in his career.
This is the second time that Cristiano Ronaldo has claimed the award, after he last topped the voting two years ago. He is also the only player to have featured among the three finalists every year since the award began in 2011.
Champions League and the Euros
Cristiano recorded yet another spectacular season, scoring 51 goals for Real Madrid: 35 in La Liga and 16 in the Champions League (the top scorer in the competition), while he also converted the decisive spot-kick in the final to clinch the Undécima. He triumphed in Europe with Portugal too, scoring three goals which saw him become the leading goal scorer in the final stage of the Euros, and the first player to score in 4 different editions of the tournament.
"It’s a great honour after an incredible season. I want to thank everyone who voted for me, Real Madrid, the players, and the Portuguese national team. My teammates have been crucial, as they are every year. This wouldn’t have been possible without their support and I’m very grateful to them".
"I want to retire at Real Madrid because it’s the best club in the world. My objective is to extend my contract and stay at the club I love. I want to keep playing at this level and I’ll work hard to achieve it, just like I do every year. I hope I can win more titles. I’m proud of the European Cup and the Euros, I cried both times. I’ve always wanted to win something with Portugal and now I’ve managed it".
"I’m working very hard. This trophy will give me the motivation to recover from my injury. I have to enjoy this award, winning it hasn’t been easy. There’s still a long way to go until the Balon d’Or and I have to take it one step at a time. I’m very happy ".