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Ballon d’Or 2017: Cristiano Ronaldo beats Lionel Messi to win fifth award

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo beat Barcelona’s Lionel Messi to win the Ballon d’Or award for the fifth time – and the second year in a row.

Cristiano Ronaldo (pictured)

Victory took the 32-year-old Portugal international level with 30-year-old Argentine Messi, who won the most recent of his five awards in 2015.

Messi’s ex-Barcelona team-mate Neymar, now at Paris St-Germain, was third.

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.”

The 2016-17 campaign was a stellar season for the former Manchester United player.

After helping Portugal win Euro 2016, he scored 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.

The Ballon d’Or is voted for by 173 journalists from around the world.

It has been awarded by France Football every year since 1956, but for six years it became the Fifa Ballon d’Or in association with world football’s governing body and was awarded to the world’s best player.

However, Fifa ended its association with the award in September 2016.

At Fifa’s awards in October, Ronaldo was named the world’s best male player and also named in the Fifpro World XI. BBC Sport

  • Rubbish

  • Bullshit Messi have done lot this season!!!

  • Utter rubbish this award

  • Musarwadziwe

  • Ridiculous nxaaaa

  • Go t hospital Messi fans

  • Joserafael Augusto Wïll Willz Ngozo i think the argument ends here

  • Its his last.Messi played better bur Real Madrid played better than Barcelona

    • u should have watched the champions league last season to know ronaldo is the greatest ever to step on a football pitch

  • Hey don forget that this guy is trailing behind messi,messi reached 5 balloon d’ors 2 years ago,,Messi is e best er is,e best ever has been and probably e best ever wil be,,only thoze who understand e fundentals of football wil agree wth me,,

  • They did that to avoid massive tantrums from this big four year old Ronaldo. He was very much looking forward in equalling Messi’s record, so from his point of view turning him down will trigger throwing toys out of the pram. The guys is facilitated to ignorance,selfishness,egoism by this accolade. Fascinating to see who will get it next year now that both are equal. Whoever get the sixth is the player of all time. And l get tell you Messi is leading the race at the moment while toddler Ronny is “managing the squad and influencing the board on decisions”. Messi does the talking on the pitch, which makes him the undisputed GOAT!!!!

  • Infact…messi+neymar+mbappe+suarez+pogba+aguero+albarcafans+coach+referee=CR7…if it was Messi..then you wouldnt say this award is useless..Dont put emotions..you will die of high blood pressure…There is a time for everything..

  • It was rigged! Proud selfish Ronaldo is lower than the GREAT Lionel Messi!

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  • Deserving

  • Ndo chii ichocho. Pasina Dominic Chungwa mutambi webhora wandozivawo.

  • Mr Penaldo is the best kkkkkkkkk scoring 3 goals and being booed by his own supporters because he is firing blanks. What a shame.

  • When????