Cristiano Ronaldo had very little time to celebrate Tuesday after capturing a fourth Ballon d’Or as Real Madrid got down to Club World Cup business in Japan.
The 31-year-old was presented with an edible version of the golden globe and a healthy plate of berries by captain Sergio Ramos before the team hit the training pitch for Thursday’s semi-final in Yokohama.
Ramos, who looks set to sit out the game with fatigue, posted a photo of himself and Ronaldo at the team’s hotel on Twitter with the message: “Congratulations, Cristiano. You deserve it.”
Ronaldo closed on rival Lionel Messi’s record five awards after a stunning year in which he helped Real become European champions for the 11th time and led Portugal to the European Championship title.
But he was back to bossing his team mates around in Yokohama on Tuesday evening as the Spanish giants — who are chasing a second world title in three years — limbered up for their test against Mexico’s Club America.