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Ballon d’Or 2017: Cristiano Ronaldo beats Lionel Messi to award after Real Madrid double

The Portuguese forward enjoyed another stellar season at the Bernabeu in 2016/17, netting 42 goals in 46 appearances in all competitions.

And his form was integral to Zinedine Zidane’s side securing glory in La Liga and the Champions League, their second successive success in Europe.

Ronaldo has tonight seen his performances for Real in 2017 recognised with a fifth Ballon d’Or award of his career going his way.

The top gong puts the former Manchester United star level with Barcelona and Argentina ace Messi, who’s finished second in France Football‘s standings this year.

Messi’s former Barcelona team-mate Neymar, who joined Paris Saint-Germain in a world-record deal over the summer, has had to settle for third place.

Juventus and Italy veteran Gianluigi Buffon has been voted into fourth, with Ronaldo’s Real team-mate Luka Modric rounding off the top five.

The margin of Ronaldo‘s victory over Messi and Neymar has not yet been disclosed.

Last year the 32-year-old collected 745 votes in comparison to Messi’s 316.

The highest-placed Premier League player was Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante, who was ranked eighth in the world.

Ronaldo’s team-mate Mateo Kovacic said earlier this week that Ronaldo warrants his latest award.

“For me he deserves to win the Ballon d’Or because he’s had an incredible year,” said Kovacic.

“I’m very happy for him, the Ballon d’Or means a lot to him and to us although the most important thing is that we win together as a team.

“I see Cristiano train every day and he is doing fine. He’s going to score a lot of goals this season. Right now the ball doesn’t want to go in for him, but there’s a long way to go and he’s going to start scoring again.”

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