CRISTIANO RONALDO WINS 5TH BALLON D’OR

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Cristiano Ronaldo receives his 2017 Ballon d'Or award in Paris on Thursday

CRISTIANO RONALDO WINS 5TH BALLON D’OR

Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Ballon d'Or for a fifth time, equalling the all-time record of Lionel Messi. The Real Madrid forward collected 946 points, with Messi (670) second and Neymar (361) third.

Ballon d'Or top ten

1 Cristiano Ronaldo
2 Lionel Messi
3 Neymar
4 Gianluigi Buffon
5 Luka Modrić
6 Sergio Ramos
7 Kylian Mbappé
8 N'Golo Kanté
9 Robert Lewandowski
10 Harry Kane

The award caps another memorable year for Ronaldo. He won the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, Spanish Liga, Spanish Super Cup and could yet end up with the FIFA World Club Cup – Madrid begin their defense in one week. The 32-year-old also helped European champions Portugal book a FIFA World Cup spot, his tally of 15 goals bettered only once in European Qualifiers. He has already collected the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award and Best FIFA Men's Player prize this season.

"I feel very happy, it's a fantastic moment in my career," said Ronaldo. "I've been waiting for this for a long time. This year has been great. Trophies help win these awards and we have to thank my colleagues from Madrid and Portugal, it was very important for me. I hope to play at this level for a few more years. I hope the battle with Messi continues; things happen for a reason."

Ronaldo previously won the Ballon d'Or in 2008, 2013, 2014 and 2016, finishing second to Messi in 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2015; the Argentinian was runner-up in 2008, 2013, 2014 and 2016.

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Ronaldo in 2017

UEFA club competition
Appearances: 14 (13 UEFA Champions League, one Super Cup)
Goals: 19 (all UEFA Champions League)

Spanish Liga
Appearances: 28
Goals: 17

Domestic cups
Appearances: 3
Goals: 2

International
Appearances: 11
Goals: 11

TOTAL: 48 goals in 54 appearances (0.88 goals per game)

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Last ten awards*
2008 Ronaldo
2009 Messi
2010 Messi
2011 Messi
2012 Messi
2013 Ronaldo
2014 Ronaldo
2015 Messi
2016 Ronaldo
2017 Ronaldo

All-time Ballon d'Or wins*
5 Lionel Messi
5 Cristiano Ronaldo
3 Michel Platini 
3 Johan Cruyff 
3 Marco van Basten

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Cristiano Ronaldo was in fits of laughter at his own joke at the Ballon d’Or awards. Ronaldo has won the Ballon d'Or for a fifth time to move level with rival Lionel Messi. The award caps a year in which Ronaldo has won La Liga, the Champions League and the Spanish Super Cup with Real Madrid, as well as helping Portugal qualify for the 2018 World Cup. Ronaldo was asked what he wanted for Christmas to which he replied: "Another baby.” Rodriguez gave birth to the couple's first child together - Alana Martina - at the Hospital Quiron Universal in Madrid on November 13. 


"I feel very happy, it's a fantastic moment in my career, I've been waiting for this for a long time," the 32-year-old said in the ceremony at the Eiffel Tower. "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."

Barcelona's Lionel Messi, the only other player to have won the award since 2008, finished second in the voting while Neymar, who joined Paris St Germain in a world-record transfer deal this summer, was third. Ronaldo previously won the award in 2008, 2013, 2014 and 2016. Ronaldo and Messi stand alone with five wins. Ronaldo has had an outstanding 2017, helping Madrid to a La Liga, Champions League, and Spanish Super Cup treble this year. The Portugal international has scored a total of 49 goals in all competitions for club and country and became the first player in Champions League history to score in each of his club's group-stage matches.

Chelsea's N'Golo Kante was eighth in the voting, the highest-placed of the seven Premier League players nominated, with Tottenham's Harry Kane 10th. Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne was 14th, Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard 19th, and Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea 20th. Liverpool pair Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho were 23rd and 29th respectively.

CRISTIANO RONALDO IN NUMBERS

49 - goals scored in 2017 - 38 for Real, in 45 games, and 11 in 11 for Portugal.
6 - Ronaldo scored in every game of this season's Champions League group stage, the first player ever do so. In all, he scored nine times in Madrid's six games.
3 - trophies won by Real this season - LaLiga, the Champions League and the Spanish Super Cup.
4 - it was Ronaldo's fourth Champions League title, three with Real and one with Manchester United.
417 - Ronaldo's record Real Madrid goal tally, in nine seasons with the club.
619 - career goals for Real, United (118), Sporting Lisbon (five) and Portugal (79).
42 - hat-tricks for Madrid including a club-record 32 in LaLiga. Two came in 2017, in the knockout stages of last season's Champions League.
2 - he has also been named the FIFA men's player of the year both years since the award once again split from the Ballon d'Or.