2016 Ballon d'Or

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2016 Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo

The 2016 Ballon d'Or is an award given to the best-performing football player around the world in 2016.

In September 2016, France Football announced that their partnership with FIFA for the FIFA Ballon d'Or award had come to an end and that they would revive the Ballon d'Or award, treating the 2016 edition as the 61st award.[1]

France Football announced that they would publish a shortlist of 30 players across six announcements with two hour intervals on 24 October 2016. On 12 December 2016, Cristiano Ronaldo won the award by a record margin of 429 points ahead of second placed Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann, who came third.[2][3]

There were 173 voters. All were journalists, in a change from previous years, and each voter was from a different country.[4] Each voter voted for three players who received 5 points, 3 points and one point respectively.

Ronaldo scored 745 points out of a maximum possible of 865. It was his fourth Ballon d'Or, the most of any European player in the history of the award.



Rank Player Club(s) Points
1  Cristiano Ronaldo (POR) Spain Real Madrid 745
2  Lionel Messi (ARG) Spain Barcelona 316
3  Antoine Griezmann (FRA) Spain Atlético Madrid 198
4  Luis Suárez (URU) Spain Barcelona 91
5  Neymar (BRA) Spain Barcelona 68
6  Gareth Bale (WAL) Spain Real Madrid 60
7  Riyad Mahrez (ALG) England Leicester City 20
8  Jamie Vardy (ENG) England Leicester City 11
9  Gianluigi Buffon (ITA) Italy Juventus 8
 Pepe (POR) Spain Real Madrid 8
11  Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (GAB) Germany Borussia Dortmund 7
12  Rui Patrício (POR) Portugal Sporting CP 6
13  Zlatan Ibrahimović (SWE) France Paris Saint-Germain
England Manchester United
14  Paul Pogba (FRA) Italy Juventus
England Manchester United
 Arturo Vidal (CHI) Germany Bayern Munich 4
16  Robert Lewandowski (POL) Germany Bayern Munich 3
17  Toni Kroos (GER) Spain Real Madrid 1
 Luka Modrić (CRO) Spain Real Madrid 1
 Dimitri Payet (FRA) England West Ham United 1
20  Sergio Agüero (ARG) England Manchester City 0
 Kevin De Bruyne (BEL) England Manchester City 0
 Paulo Dybala (ARG) Italy Juventus 0
 Diego Godín (URU) Spain Atlético Madrid 0
 Gonzalo Higuaín (ARG) Italy Napoli
Italy Juventus
 Andrés Iniesta (ESP) Spain Barcelona 0
 Koke (ESP) Spain Atlético Madrid 0
 Hugo Lloris (FRA) England Tottenham Hotspur 0
 Thomas Müller (GER) Germany Bayern Munich 0
 Manuel Neuer (GER) Germany Bayern Munich 0
 Sergio Ramos (ESP) Spain Real Madrid 0