Cristiano Ronaldo is a record machine, always in pursuit of perfection. In 2016, he swept all obstacles from his path and won a fourth Ballon d’Or.
In football, prizes crown the biggest teams, while individual rewards distinguish the most influential players. This year, Cristiano Ronaldo played and scored on both scenes. He resisted all difficulties and triumphed.
Last May, his club, Real Madrid, was held at bay by its rival, Atlético, in the finale of the Champions’ League. Under the pressure, he was the one to score the decisive goal and won his team the most prestigious trophy in Europe. A few weeks later, Portugal had to face collective issues at the Euro Cup. Amongst the turmoil, as a fair captain, he showed the way to follow and supported the team’s selection at arm's length during the tournament. All the way to final victory.
Major player of his club and captain of his national team, Cristiano Ronaldo is the spearhead of him squads’ successes. Between January and today, he has scored 51 goals and 17 assists in 55 games played. 2016 was his year, and no one else’s.