Cristiano Ronaldo wins Ballon d’Or 2016

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Cristiano Ronaldo has won the 2016 Ballon d'Or, taking home the award for the third time in four years. 

Ronaldo won the prize after leading Real Madrid to a UEFA Champions League title and Portugal to an improbable Euro 2016 championship. Ronaldo scored the winning penalty kick for Real Madrid in the Champions League, and though he exited the Euro 2016 final against France early with an injury, he was integral to Portugal's march to the decisive game. 

The prize was awarded by France Football, which took over responsibility for the Ballon d'Or this year after six years under FIFA's management from 2010–2015. Before 2010, France Football oversaw the award, but it merged with FIFA World Player of the Year until this year. 

Ronaldo's teammate, Gareth Bale, came in sixth place. 

Ronaldo's latest Ballon d'Or is the fourth of his career. He previously won in 2008, 2013 and 2014. 

Ronaldo, 31, has finished in first or second place in Ballon d'Or voting each of the last six years. Lionel Messi won last year's award. 

This post will be updated with full results of 2016 Ballon d'Or voting after France Football releases the final ranking. 

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