Real Madrid and Portugal superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo, has just been crowned the world’s best player for 2017, beating his rival Lionel Messi (Barcelona) and Neymar (PSG) to clinch the Ballon d’Or award for the fifth time in his outstanding career.
The number 7 picked up his fifth Ballon d’Or award to equal Messi’s record and bring the pair’s duopoly of the award to a staggering 10 years.
The 32-year-old was the top-scorer in last season’s Champions League as Real successfully defended the trophy with victory over Juventus in June, and also led the Spanish giants to their first La Liga title in five years.
Ronaldo who was also named the Best FIFA Men’s Player of 2016-17 in October, has now equaled Lionel Messi’s record of winning the prestigious honor for the fifth time.
won his previous awards in 2008, 2013, 2015 and 2016, was unveiled standing on the Eiffel Tower in France as he clinched the 2017 trophy.
The award crowns his hardworking year after scoring 42 goals across all competitions during the 2016-17 season, leading Real Madrid to a La Liga and Champions League double.
However, Ronaldo, who will travel to Russia in 2018 in search of World Cup triumph after winning the European Championships in 2016, is not content with his record-equalling haul.
“I want seven. Five is good but seven is my lucky number so seven would be great,” he said to French sports newspaper L’Equipe.
“I want seven children (he has four) and seven Ballons d’Or.”
Ronaldo winning the award is as historic as it is expected.
Congratulations to Cristiano Ronaldo