Portuguese super star Cristiano Ronaldo has won a record-equalling fifth Ballon d’Or award for the year’s best player on Thursday after the Argentinian Messi took second in the vote, with Brazilian Neymar third.
For much of Cristiano Ronaldo’s career he has been in direct competition with Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi, both for club and individual honours, so it’s fitting that the Real Madrid superstar has the same number of Ballon d’Or awards.
Ronaldo beat Messi and seven of his Champions League-winning Real teammates on Thursday (Dec 7) to claim the award for the second straight year and fifth time overall, drawing level with Messi and reaffirming his place as equal partner in the greatest player rivalry the game has ever seen.
However Ronaldo, who will travel to Russia in 2018 in search of World Cup triumph after winning the European Championships in 2016, is not content with his record-equalling haul.
“I want seven. Five is good but seven is my lucky number so seven would be great,” he said to French sports newspaper L’Equipe. “I want seven children (he has four) and seven Ballons d’Or.”
Ronaldo winning the award is as historic as it is expected.
Ronaldo was 10-1 on with British bookmakers before the announcement, who stopped taking bets on the Portuguese once it became clear he was going to rewarded for his role in Real’s phenomenal 2016-17 season, in which they pipped Barcelona to the La Liga title and became the first ever European champions to defend their crown in the Champions League era.
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