CRISTIANO RONALDO WINS FIFTH BALLON D'OR TO EQUAL LIONEL MESSI

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The Real Madrid star took home the prize after guiding his team to a La Liga and Champions League double in 2016-17

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has won the 2017 Ballon d'Or. It is the fifth time the Portugal international has won the prize, drawing him level with his great rival Lionel Messi for the most Ballons d'Or of all time.

Ronaldo scored 42 goals across all competitions during the 2016-17 season, leading Real Madrid to a La Liga and Champions League double.

"I'm very happy. To get this prize in Paris is a great experience, it's marvelous," Ronaldo told L'Equipe TV. "It's a great moment of my career. It's something I wish I have every year. We had a marvelous year. I was the [top] goalscorer of the Champions League, so I want to thank my team-mates. "They were important for me. And also thanks everybody who helped me to be in great form during the season."

It's the second straight year Ronaldo has won the award presented by France Football, and he was also named the Best FIFA Men’s Player of 2016-17 in October. Ronaldo also took home the Ballon d'Or in 2008, 2013, and 2014.

Source: Goal

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