Ballon d’Or 2017: Cristiano Ronaldo wins fifth time to equal Lionel Messi’s record

Real Madrid forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, has won the 2017 Ballon d’Or prize,he beats Lionel Messi and Neymar to win the crown.

The Ballon d’Or is voted for by 173 journalists from around the world.

It has been awarded by France Football every year since 1956, but for six years it became the Fifa Ballon d’Or in association with world football’s governing body and was awarded to the world’s best player.

Ronaldo added the 2017 Ballon d’Or to those he won in 2008, 2013, 2014 and 2016, and Messi is the only other recipient of the award since 2009.

Ronaldo was favourite to win this year, after a remarkable year with the La Liga and European champions.

The Ballon d’Or, considered by many as the ultimate prize for an individual, is awarded to the best player in Europe.

Ronaldo help Portugal win Euro 2016, he scored 42 goals for Real in all competitions as they won their 33rd La Liga title and 12th European Cup.

He scored twice in a 4-1 Champions League final win over Juventus and netted 25 times in 29 league games as Los Blancos finished three points ahead of Barcelona.

Ronaldo’s new Nike boots with ‘Quinto Triunfo’ (fifth triumph) stitched into them – but the expectation only served as a reminder that one of his most impressive achievements has been to make such impressive achievements seem mundane.

 

Ballon d’Or winners: Ronaldo & Messi dominate since 2008
2008 Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi Fernando Torres
2009 Lionel Messi Cristiano Ronaldo Xavi
2010 Lionel Messi Andres Iniesta Xavi
2011 Lionel Messi Cristiano Ronaldo Xavi
2012 Lionel Messi Cristiano Ronaldo Andres Iniesta
2013 Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi Franck Ribery
2014 Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi Manuel Neuer
2015 Lionel Messi Cristiano Ronaldo Neymar
2016 Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi Antoine Griezmann
2017 Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi Neymar

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