The Real Madrid superstar was presented with the accolade for the fourth time in five years in Paris last night.
Ronaldo helped guide his side to La Liga and Champions League glory last season.
But his impact in Spain has been consistent for almost a decade.
And Ronaldo has admitted his time in Manchester made him the star he is today.
“I was different from the other kids,” he told David Ginola after receiving his award.
“But when I noticed I was really good, I was in (Manchester) United.
“Then I was with other great players.
“Van Nistelrooy, Ferdinand.
“In the first season I thought of dedicating myself even more to guarantee the second Golden Ball.”
At the age of 32, many players would be considering when to call time on their playing career.
But Ronaldo insists he wants to continue winning accolades and silverware
“I have a great team in my house,” Ronaldo continued.
“I have to wake up early and train.
“I offer everything in the house so they have to give me something in return, which is my peace to work.”
Ronaldo broke another record on Wednesday evening, becoming to first ever player to score in each of the six Champions League group stage games.