#BallondOr: Ronaldo beats rival Lionel Messi to win fifth award
8 December 2017 Sports
Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has won the 2017 Ballon d’Or.
Ronaldo retained football’s most prestigious individual prize for the second year running on Thursday, named France Football’s player of the year ahead of Barcelona rival Messi.
The 32-year-old claimed the Ballon d’Or for the fourth time in five years after guiding Madrid to La Liga and Champions League glory in 2016-17, while he moved past 600 career goals with a brace in last season’s European final against Juventus.
Ronaldo now has five Ballon d’Or awards, the most for a European player and is tied for most all-time. He is also the first player in history to win four European Golden Shoes. He has won 24 trophies in his career, including five league titles, four UEFA Champions League titles and one UEFA European Championship.
Iconic Madrid full-back Carlos lauded Ronaldo following the ceremony in Paris by saying: “He will get more. There will be more trophies to come.