During his acceptance speech the Real Madrid footballer thanked all of his team-mates with the club and the national team.
“Without all of their efforts this would not have been possible. I am very happy, it is very difficult to win this award.
“Everybody that has been involved with me on a personal level I have to thank. My wife, my friends, my son. It is a tremendously emotional moment. All I can say is thank you to everybody that has been involved.”
Honorary Ballon d’Or recepient Pelé lifted Cristiano’s son Junior up to kiss his dad when the speech was done.
The speech was delivered in Portuguese, and translated to the crowd in English. Almost immediately the words set off rumors that Christiano had secretly married his girlfriend Irina Shayk.
The Russian model’s rep was quick to note that the soccer star said ‘girlfriend’, but “the translator just changed it to wife.”
This is the second Ballon D’or for the footballer, who also took first place in 2008. Having his son by his side likely made this win the best of the two.