Ballon d’Or 2014: The Reaction

Cristiano Ronaldo picked up his 3rd Ballon d’Or trophy this week after another extremely impressive year for Real Madrid, scoring 52 goals in 43 games. His list of footballing trophies is growing by the minute and we’ve pulled together some of the best reactions to his latest award.

His manager, Carlo Ancelotti, was quick to look forward, saying:

“Individual awards motivate Cristiano a lot. Tomorrow he will start working towards winning another Ballon d’Or” 

Bayern Munich were quick to give their congratulations, despite Manuel Neuer coming 3rd, tweeting:

“Congratulations to @Cristiano on winning the #BallondOr!”

Real Madrid posted a YouTube video to show the team celebrating Ronaldo’s victory, if you can understand Spanish that is.

Gary Linekar backed the decision for the former Manchester United player to win the trophy, tweeting:

“Ronaldo and Messi are far and away the best players on the planet, how could they both possibly not be in your top 3?”

And finally Mario Balotelli did his own impression of the Porugese star’s reaction to winning the Ballon d’Or, which can be seen on his instagram page here