Ronaldo ties Messi with fifth Ballon d’Or
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Ballon d’Or award as soccer’s best player of the year for a record-equalling fifth time, levelling him with Barcelona star Lionel Messi. Ronaldo won the trophy awarded by France Football magazine at a ceremony Thursday at the Eiffel Tower. He finished ahead of contenders Messi and Neymar, who left Barcelona in the off-season to join Paris Saint-Germain for a world-record transfer fee of US$262 million. The 32-year-old Portugal forward also took home the Ballon d’Or prize in 2013 and 2014 and in 2008 when playing for Manchester United. Messi won it from 2009-12 and again in 2015. Ronaldo claimed it back last year after helping Portugal win the European Championship and starring for Madrid as it won the Champions League.
Cristiano Ronaldo shows off his record-equalling fifth Ballon d’Or as soccer’s top player of the year Friday in Paris. The Real Madrid forward beat out Lionel Messi and Neymar.