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Ronaldo now joins Messi in winning the Ballon d'Or five times

Posted By: Patience Rutayisire - On:08/12/2017
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.

Ronaldo now joins Messi in winning the trophy five times, with the pair dominating the award for the last decade.

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.

The Portuguese claimed the award ahead of Lionel Messi and Neymar at a ceremony in Paris on Thursday.

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In celebration of his latest achievement, Nike presented him with the special Mercurial Superfly CR7 Quinto Triunfo boots.

Ronaldo added the 2017 Ballon d'Or to those he won in 2008, 2013, 2014 and 2016, and Messi is the only other recipient of the award since 2009.

"This is something I look forward to every year," he said, after receiving the award on the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

"Thanks to my Real Madrid team-mates. And I want to thank the rest of the people who helped me reach this level."

The predominantly gold boots feature CR7 on the heel counter and include the years of his previous awards from 2008, 2013, 2014, 2016.

Ronaldo will wear the boots on the pitch with 1000 pairs available later this month.

The Ballon d'Or is voted for by 173 journalists from around the world.

It has been awarded by France Football every year since 1956, but for six years it became the Fifa Ballon d'Or in association with world football's governing body and was awarded to the world's best player.

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