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07th Dec 2017

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Ballon d’Or for the fifth time

Kate Demolder

Cristiano Ronaldo has won his fifth Ballon d’Or award for the year’s best player this evening.

The ceremony, held at the Eiffel Tower in Paris this evening allowed for the Real Madrid forward to draw him level alongside Barcelona rival Lionel Messi. Both footballers now boast five Ballon d’Ors, two of which Ronaldo has won in succession.

The 32-year-old Portuguese sportsman, who has just recently become a dad for the fourth time, was the top-scorer in last season’s Champions League as Real Madrid claimed victory over Juventus in June. As well that that, the former Manchester United player helped his home country win Euro 2016, while scoring 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 added the 2017 Ballon d’Or to those he won in 2008, 2013, 2014 and 2016.

“This is something I look forward to every year,” he said, after receiving the award on the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

“Thanks to my Real Madrid team-mates. And I want to thank the rest of the people who helped me reach this level.”

Ronaldo also won the Fifa Men’s Player of the Year award in October.