As the year concludes, the 31-year old prominent footballer Cristiano Ronaldo bagged the Ballon d'Or 2016 award making it his 4th time win. The 4th time winner has beat his rival Lionel Messi. Find out here what made Cristiano Ronaldo conquer the said annual eminent award.

In the world of football, the Ballon d'Or is a significant award based on votes of foreign journalists, coaches and captains under the FIFA scope. It has been said that this year, 173 journalists have casted their votes. The famous footballer has won in 2008, 2013, and 2014.

Cristiano Ronaldo is a known Portuguese national who has professionally played for the Spanish team Real Madrid and for the national team of Portugal. He began his professional career at the age of 18.

In a report published by The Guardian News, the Real Madrid star said, "A great honour to receive my fourth golden ball. The emotion is like the first one. It's the dream come true again. I never thought in my mind to win the golden ball four times so I'm so pleased and happy."

This year, the forward has scored 48 goals in 52 games for his club and his country. Despite his age, many have noticed that goal scores are still great and has even become the best penalty box player.

The last few years have been dominated by Ronald and Messi. This year, the 2nd spot was given to FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi. The 3rd place was awarded to Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann. The 4th place was received by FC Barelona's Luis Suárez and the 5th FC presented to Barcelona's Neymar.

The year seemed to have ended positively for the world's highest paid athlete bagging the 4th Ballon d'Or award and the winning the UEFA European Championship for the Portugal National Team. What else is in store for Cristiano Ronaldo next year?