Cristiano Ronaldo wins fifth Ballon d’Or award, beats Lionel Messi and Neymar

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Portuguese Champion Cristiano Ronaldo clinched Ballon d’Or award for 2017’s best player for the fifth time on Thursday.

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In the list, Cristiano Ronaldo secured first position, Barcelona player Lionel Messi second and Brazilian Neymar achieved third.

In Champions League, Ronaldo was the top-scorer as Real Madrid fruitfully protected the trophy with win against Juventus in the month of June.

“Of course I feel glad. This is great I look forward to every year,” Ronaldo stated.

“The trophies clinched in 2016 assisted to win this award. Gratitude to my Real Madrid team-mates. And I would like to show gratitude to the rest of the people who lend a hand to me to attain this level.”

He achieved 42 goals in all challenges for Real year 2016 and also qualified 15 times in European World Cup.

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“I expect to play at this level for a few more years, I wish the match with Messi carry on, things happen for a motive,” he added.

“Neymar has a lot of expertise, loads of latent, and I’m confident he’ll have some opportunity to clinch in the future,” Ronaldo affirmed.

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Veteran Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon ended fourth following assisting Juventus to the Champions League final whereas Real’s Croatian midfielder Luka Modric finished top five.


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