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Cristiano Ronaldo Wins Ballon D’Or Award for the 5th time; Equals Messi’s record

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The other day, a friend of mine was, as most Barcelona fans are wont to do, comparing Lionel Messi with Cristiano Ronaldo. Of course he thought Messi was better. In his words, “Messi is pure football talent, as in football is in his blood; Ronaldo is just hardworking.”

Several people close to Ronaldo, especially his coaches, have confirmed that he is indeed hardworking.

Say what you want, but hard-work pays.

Last night, at a posh ceremony at the Eiffel Tower, Paris, Real Madrid and Portugal superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo was 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 ceremony was

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.

The 32-year-old star also netted 25 times in La Liga last term and added 12 goals in the Champions League, including a brace in the final against Juventus.

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.

Breaking! Cristiano Ronaldo wins the 2017 Ballon d

Before crowning Ronaldo, France Football unveiled its 30 finalists in reverse order of how they finished in the voting:

29 (tied). Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool/Brazil) and Dries Mertens (Napoli/Belgium)

  1. Edin Dzeko (Roma/Bosnia & Herzegovina)

  2. Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich/Germany)

  3. Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid/Slovenia)

  4. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid/France)

  5. Radamel Falcao (Monaco/Colombia)

  6. Sadio Mane (Liverpool/Senegal)

21 (tied). Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus-AC Milan/Italy) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund/Gabon)

  1. David De Gea (Manchester United/Spain)

  2. Eden Hazard (Chelsea/Belgium)

  3. Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid/France)

  4. Toni Kroos (Real Madrid/Germany)

  5. Marcelo (Real Madrid/Brazil)

  6. Paulo Dybala (Juventus/Argentina)

  7. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City/Belgium)

  8. Luis Suarez (Barcelona/Uruguay)

  9. Isco (Real Madrid/Spain)

  10. Edinson Cavani (PSG/Uruguay)

  11. Harry Kane (Tottenham/England)

  12. Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich/Poland)

  13. N’Golo Kante (Chelsea/France)

  14. Kylian Mbappe (Monaco-PSG/France)

  15. Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid/Spain)

  16. Luka Modric (Real Madrid/Croatia)

  17. Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus/Italy)

  18. Neymar (Barcelona-PSG/Brazil)

  19. Lionel Messi (Barcelona/Argentina)

  20. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid/Portugal)

 

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