Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Ballon d’Or 2017 award after beating the likes of Lionel Messi and Neymar to once again lift one of the biggest individual prizes in world football.
The Portuguese international was awarded the prestigious trophy in a ceremony in Paris on Thursday night, coming top of France Football’s 30-man shortlist which included Barcelona talisman Messi and PSG forward Neymar.
He led Real to glory in La Liga and the Champions League in 2017, as well as setting Champions League goal records with the most strikes in a calendar year (19) as well as becoming the first player to score in every group-stage game in a single season.
With two goals against Juventus in June’s 4-1 Champions League final win, Ronaldo also became the first player to score in three separate finals of the competition.
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The former Manchester United star collected the Ballon d’Or for a fifth time – levelling Messi’s record – after also being named Fifa’s Mens World Player of the Year in a London ceremony in October.
The Fifa World Player of the Year award was merged in a partnership with France Football’s Ballon d’Or in 2010 and became known as the Fifa Ballon d’Or for the next six years, with the two awards having now split.
Ronaldo has won the Ballon d’Or on four other occasions – in 2008 with Manchester United, and in 2013, 2014 and 2016 with Real Madrid.
Ronaldo reacts to winning 2017 Ballon d’Or
“I feel very happy, it’s a fantastic moment in my career, I’ve been waiting for this for a long time.
“This year has been great, we won the Champions League and La Liga and, on a personal level, I was a top scorer in the Champions League.“Trophies help win these awards and we have to thank my colleagues from Madrid and Portugal, it was very important for me.”
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