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Cristiano Ronaldo honoured with golden boots after Ballon d’Or win

Cristiano Ronaldo has been honoured with a pair of special golden boots after his latest Ballon d’Or win.

The Real Madrid star, who won the Champions League as well as Euro 2016 with Portugal during the 2015/16 season, beat Barcelona rival Lionel Messi to win the gong for a fourth time on Monday.

Nike has paid tribute to Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo with gold-soled boots
Nike has paid tribute to Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo with gold-soled boots

He topped a poll of 173 journalists worldwide to win the prize – moving clear of three-time winners Marco van Basten, Michel Platini and the late Johan Cruyff – and Nike has produced limited-edition footwear to celebrate.

Ronaldo collected his first Ballon d'Or during his time at Manchester United in 2008
Ronaldo collected his first Ballon d’Or during his time at Manchester United in 2008

Just 777 pairs have been made and will go on sale in early 2017.

Reflecting on his “dream” triumph, Ronaldo said: “It is a great honour to receive my fourth Golden Ball. The emotion is like the first one, it is the dream come true again.

Nike's limited edition boots feature Ronaldo's trademark CR7 logo
Nike’s limited edition boots feature Ronaldo’s trademark CR7 logo

“I never thought in my mind to win the Golden Ball four times, so I am so pleased and so happy.

“I have the opportunity to thank all of my team-mates, the national team, Real Madrid, all of the people and players who helped me to win this individual award.

A look back at an astonishing year for Ronaldo as he wins the Ballon d'Or for the fourth time
A look back at an astonishing year for Ronaldo as he wins the Ballon d’Or for the fourth time

“As you can imagine I feel so proud and happy to receive this amazing and beautiful ball.

“I love to play football, so I will try my best to win for Real Madrid first, because it is my team, for the national team to win again if it is possible, we know that it is very, very difficult, and to win it (Ballon d’Or) again next year.”

Ronaldo ended his wait for European Championship glory in France this summer
Ronaldo ended his wait for European Championship glory in France this summer

Runner-up Messi helped guide Barcelona to another domestic league and cup double in 2015-16, scoring 41 goals in all competitions.

Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann, who finished as top scorer at Euro 2016, finished third, while Brazil forward Neymar was named fifth in the poll behind his Barcelona team-mate and Uruguay international Luis Suarez.

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