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Saturday, 9 December 2017

How Cristiano Ronaldo Beat Messi To Win His 5th Ballon d’Or

Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Ballon d’Or 2017 and the fifth of his career, equalling Lionel Messi’s record after a season that saw him lead Real Madrid to their 12th Champions League title.
The 32-year-old, who moved level with Messi at the top of the all-time Champions League group stage goalscorers leaderboard on Wednesday after helping Madrid to beat Borussia Dortmund, was presented with his award in Paris on Thursday having just pipped his perennial rival.
Tottenham’s Harry Kane was the highest-ranked Englishman in 10th spot, while Chelsea’s N’Golo Kanté finished eighth.
The 2016-17 campaign was a stellar season for the former Manchester United player.
Last season, Ronaldo helped Real Madrid win the Champions League and their first La Liga title since 2012.
Ronaldo added the 2017 Ballon d’Or to those he won in 2008, 2013, 2014 and 2016, and Messi is the only other recipient of the award since 2009.
“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.”


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