Cristiano Ronaldo beats Lionel Messi to win fifth Ballon d’Or
Cristiano Ronaldo won his fifth Ballon d’Or beating out both Lionel Messi and Neymar for the coveted award.
Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo won his fifth Ballon d’Or award. He added it to his growing collection which includes the years 2008, 2013, 2014, and 2016. Lionel Messi is the only other recipient of the award since 2009 and the only other person with five awards. Neymar who moved recently to Paris St-Germain was third.
Last season was a stellar year for Ronaldo who helped Portugal win Euro 2016 and Real Madrid win their first La Liga title since 2012 and the Champions League trophy. While Lionel Messi had better stats like goals, goal ratio, and assists, as well as being essential for Argentina’s World Cup qualification, it was Ronaldo who lifted the trophies.