Ronaldo Wins Fifth Ballon d'Or Award Ahead Of Lionel Messi, Neymar

Cristiano Ronaldo on Thursday won fifth Ballon d'Or award for the best player of the year ahead of Barcelona rival Lionel Messi and Brazilian Neymar. The Real Madrid forward's second successive win also draws him level alongside Argentina star Messi (five Ballon d'Ors). The 32-year-old was the top-scorer in last season's Champions League as Real successfully defended the trophy with victory over Juventus in June, and also led the Spanish giants to their first La Liga title in five years.

"Of course I feel happy. This is something I look forward to every year," Ronaldo said at the ceremony at the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

"The trophies won last year helped to win this award. Thanks to the Real Madrid team-mates. And I want to thank the rest of the people who helped me reach this level."

Ronaldo, who also won the FIFA Men's Player of the Year award in October, added the 2017 Ballon d'Or to his previous wins in 2008, 2013, 2014 and 2016.

The prestigious France Football magazine award is decided upon by a journalists' ballot, with each naming a top five from a list of 30.

A list of all Ballon d'Or winners since the first award in 1956 after Cristiano Ronaldo was crowned for a record-equalling fifth time at a ceremony in Paris on Thursday:

Five times top scorer in the Champions League (2008 with eight goals, 2013 with 12 goals, 2014 with 17, 2015 with 10, 2015-2016 with 16, 2016-17 ...

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