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

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    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, reports bbc.

    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.

    “This is something I look forward to every year,” he said.

    “Thanks to my Real Madrid team-mates. And I want to thank the rest of the people who helped me reach this level.”