Thursday 18 January 2018

Ronaldo matches Messi with fifth ballon d'OR

Cristiano Ronaldo with the Ballon d'Or Football trophy. Photo: Getty
Cristiano Ronaldo with the Ballon d'Or Football trophy. Photo: Getty
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Ballon d'Or for a fifth time to move level with rival Lionel Messi.

The Real Madrid player was named winner of France Football's prestigious award at a ceremony in Paris.

Ronaldo, 32, previously won the award in 2008, 2013, 2014 and 2016.

Messi finished second in the voting, while Neymar, who joined Paris Saint-Germain in a world-record transfer deal this summer, was third.

Chelsea's N'Golo Kante was eighth in the voting - the highest-placed of the seven Premier League players nominated.

Ronaldo has had an outstanding 2017, helping Madrid to a La Liga, Champions League and Spanish Super Cup treble this year.

Irish Independent

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