Real Madrid`s Ronaldo Claims Ballon d`Or for 5th Time
Last night, our Portuguese superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo, scooped the prestigious Ballon d`Or for a fifth time.
Ronaldo, who with five wins has now matched the achievement of his great rival, the Barcelona striker Lionel Messi, scooped the award after a year in which he helped Real Madrid to retain the Champions League trophy with a 4-1 win over Juventus in which he scored twice.
Ronaldo also, during the course of Real Madrid winning the La Liga, scored 25 goals in 29 games whilst also scoring 42 goals in all competitions.
After collecting the award, in Paris, Ronaldo had this to say to the media,
'This is something I look forward to every year.
'Thanks to my Real Madrid team-mates. And I want to thank the rest of the people who helped me reach this level.'
Ronaldo has now won the Ballon d`Or in 2008, 2013, 2014 and 2016, a remarkable achievement for a remarkable footballer.
As for those who trailed in his wake this year, Lionel Messi finished in second place and Neymar collected third place.