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.
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.
A healthy rivalry will only bring the best of out both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi
The Real Madrid man says ‘bring it on!’ pic.twitter.com/ngD8CL1unw
— Goal (@goal) December 7, 2017
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.
Another dream come true. Unbelievable feeling. Thanks to my family, friends, teammates, coaches and everyone that stood by my side throughout the years.pic.twitter.com/A9jyYswePD
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) December 7, 2017
5 Ballon d’Or
4 Golden Shoe
3 UEFA Best Player
2 FIFA The Best
4 Champions League
4 Club World Cup
3 UEFA Super Cup
3 Premier League
2 La Liga
2 Copa del Rey
2 Supercopa de España
2 League Cup
1 Community Shield
1 FA Cup
1 Euro pic.twitter.com/g5IacAKhOL
— Real Madrid BR (@Real_MadridBR_) December 8, 2017
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) December 7, 2017
Ronaldo was also named FIFA World Player of the Year in the year 2008.