Manchester United pay tribute to Cristiano Ronaldo for fourth Ballon d’Or win

Manchester United paid tribute to their former star Cristiano Ronaldo after he won the Ballon d’Or for the fourth time in his career on Monday night.

The Real Madrid forward pipped his old nemesis Lionel Messi to the prize after a superb 2016, in which he won the Champions League with his club and the European Championships with Portugal.

Ronaldo played for United between 2003 and 2009, and is still a big fan favourite at Old Trafford after helping the Red Devils to so much success during a relatively short spell in England.

The 31-year-old left United for Real for a then-world-record £80million transfer in the summer of 2009, and has continued to establish himself as one of the finest players of his generation.

‘Great honour to receive my fourth Ballon d’Or,’ Ronaldo said last night.

‘The emotion is like the first one, it’s the dreaming come true again.’

Ronaldo won the first of his four Ballons d’Or as a United player in 2008, and is now just one behind Messi’s total of five.

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