Ronaldo pips Lionel Messi and Neymar to fifth Ballon d’Or

Ronaldo pips Lionel Messi and Neymar to fifth Ballon d’Or

Cristiano Ronaldo won his fifth Ballon d’Or trophy yesterday after a sterling performance through the 2016/2017 Football season.

The Real Madrid forward pipped the likes of Lionel Messi and Neymar to the prestigious honour after leading Los Blancos to European and La Liga glory last season.

The 32-year-old had already scooped FIFA’s ‘The Best’ award earlier this season as his triumphant 2016-17 campaign was recognised.

Fresh off the back of winning Euro 2016 with Portugal, Ronaldo followed that up with 42 goals in 46 games as Real Madrid won La Liga, the Champions League, the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup – the first time the side had won four trophies in a season.

After picking ‘The Best’ award in October, Ronaldo spoke of his aims for the current season.

“The next year I don’t know what is going to happen. I just feel happy, the moment is brilliant and I am glad.

“To win the Champions League again, to try to win the league. And in terms of individual, try to do my best as always. Let’s see what is going to happen.

“The World Cup is eight months away. It takes a long time. Let’s enjoy the moment, La Liga, the champions league, the cup.”

Real are currently fourth in La Liga and qualified for the last-16 of the Champions League by finishing second in their group behind Tottenham.

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