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  • Cristiano Ronaldo wins Ballon d'Or for fifth time, equals Lionel Messi's record haul

    2017-12-08 06:17:36.0
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    Ronaldo previously won the award in 2008, 2013, 2014 and 2016.Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Ballon ...

    Cristiano Ronaldo wins Ballon dOr for fifth time, equals Lionel Messis record haul

    Ronaldo previously won the award in 2008, 2013, 2014 and 2016.

    Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Ballon d'Or for a fifth time to move level with rival Lionel Messi.The Real Madrid forward was named the winner of France Football's prestigious award at a ceremony in Paris on Thursday.

    The award caps a year in which Ronaldo has won LaLiga, the Champions League and the Spanish Super Cup with Real Madrid, as well as helping Portugal qualify for the 2018 World Cup.In the ceremony at the Eifel Tower the 32-year-old said said "I feel very happy, it's a fantastic moment in my career, I've been waiting for this for a long time,".

    Messi, the only other player to have won the award since 2008, finished second in the voting while Neymar, who joined Paris St Germain in a world-record transfer deal this summer, was third.Ronaldo previously won the award in 2008, 2013, 2014 and 2016.

    Ronaldo and Messi stand alone with five wins, two ahead of the three managed by Michel Platini, Johan Cruyff and Marco van Basten.Ronaldo has had an outstanding 2017, helping Madrid to a LaLiga, Champions League and Spanish Super Cup treble this year.

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