Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo won the fifth Ballon d'Or of his career on Thursday, matching Lionel Messi as the most-awarded winner of one of the sport's top individual honours. Ronaldo won the award for the second consecutive time after a year that saw him help Madrid to a third Champions League crown in four seasons and a first La Liga title in five years, as well as the FIFA Club World Cup. The 32-year-old scored twice as Madrid beat Juventus 4-1 in the Champions League final in June, while also finishing top scorer in the competition with 12 goals. Ronaldo beat fellow finalists Messi and Neymar for the award. He previously won in 2008, 2013, 2014 and 2016, while Messi won the award four straight times from 2009-12 as well as in 2015. A global panel of journalists vote for the award, which is organised by France Football magazine after a split from a partnership with FIFA that ran from 2010-15.
Cristiano Ronaldo wins fifth Ballon d'Or to pull level with Lionel Messi
ESPN | Dec 7