Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo won a record-equalling fifth Ballon d’Or Award for the year’s best player on Thursday.
The Real Madrid forward’s second progressive win drew him level close by Barcelona equal Lionel Messi on five Ballon d’Ors, in the wake of beating the Argentinian and Brazilian Neymar.
The 32-year-old was the best scorer in last season’s Champions League as Real effectively safeguarded the trophy with triumph over Juventus in June, and furthermore drove the Spanish goliaths to their first La Liga title in five years. “Obviously I feel glad. This is something I anticipate each year,” Ronaldo said at the function at the Eiffel Tower in Paris. “The trophies won a year ago won this honor. On account of the Real Madrid colleagues.
What’s more, I need to thank whatever remains of the general population who helped me achieve this level.” Ronaldo, who likewise won the FIFA Men’s Player of the Year grant in October, added the 2017 Ballon d’Or to his past wins in 2008, 2013, 2014 and 2016. The esteemed France Football magazine award is settled on by a writers’ poll, with each naming a main five from a rundown of 30.