Ballon d’Or award: Cristiano Ronaldo equals Lionel Messi’s record, lifts trophy for fifth time

Messi came second while Neymar Jr came third; Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon finished fourth and Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modrić came fifth

Football great Cristiano Ronaldo on December 7 won the Ballon d’Or award for the fifth time, equalling his arch-rival Lionel Messi’s record for lifting the award the most number of times. The Portuguese footballer received the prestigious award during a ceremony organised in Paris.

Messi came second while Neymar Jr, the most expensive player in the world, came third; veteran Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon finished fourth and Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modrić came fifth.

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Ronaldo collected the trophy in a glitzy ceremony at the Eiffel Tower in the French capital, presented by former France player David Ginola.

The 32-year-old Ronaldo won his first Ballon d’Or in 2008. He clinched the trophy consecutively in 2013 and in 2014. In 2016, he bagged his fourth Ballon d’ Or.

Beside’s receiving the most prestigious award in football for five times, Ronaldo also has the Best FIFA Men’s Player award to his name twice – 2016 and 2017.

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Ronaldo was also named FIFA World Player of the Year in the year 2008.

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