Thursday, 7 December 2017

Ronaldo Stands On Eiffel Tower To Clinch Fifth Ballon d’Or Award Ahead Of Messi And Neymar

Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo won a record-equalling fifth Ballon d’Or award for the year’s best player on Thursday in a glitzy ceremony at the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.

The Real Madrid forward’s second successive win drew him level alongside Barcelona rival Lionel Messi on five Ballons d’Or, after the Argentinian took second in the vote, with Brazilian Neymar third.

The 32-year-old was the top-scorer in last season’s UEFA Champions League as Real successfully defended the trophy with victory over Juventus in June and also led the Spanish giants to their first La Liga title in five years.
Ronaldo was dramatically unveiled as the 2017 winner as the camera zoomed in on the Real Madrid man holding the trophy

“Of course I feel happy. This is something I look forward to every year,” Ronaldo said at the ceremony at the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

“The trophies won last year helped to win this award. Thanks to my Real Madrid team-mates. And I want to thank the rest of the people who helped me reach this level.

“I hope to play at this level for a few more years, I hope the battle with Messi continues, things happen for a reason.
The camera drew closer and closer to Ronaldo who was standing on the Eiffel Tower which was lit up for the occasion
The camera drew closer and closer to Ronaldo who was standing on the Eiffel Tower which was lit up for the occasion
"I feel good this season and we’ll see what we win at the end of the year.” 

When asked if he would like to finish his career at the Santiago Bernabeu, Ronaldo said: “I’m happy at Real Madrid, I want to stay there… If possible.”
Ronaldo, who also won the FIFA Men’s Player of the Year award in October, added the 2017 Ballon d’Or to his previous wins in 2008, 2013, 2014 and 2016.

He scored 42 goals in all competitions for Real last season, and also netted 15 times in European World Cup qualifying.
(L-R top-bottom) Ronaldo with his 2008, 2013, 2015, 2016 and (main photo) holding the 2017 Ballon d'Or award in Paris
(L-R top-bottom) Ronaldo with his 2008, 2013, 2015, 2016 and (main photo) holding the 2017 Ballon d'Or award in Paris
Messi and Ronaldo have now shared the last 10 Ballons d’Or since the latter’s first win after leading Manchester United to the 2007-08 Champions League title.

The prestigious France Football magazine award, which was first won by Englishman Stanley Matthews in 1956, is decided upon by a journalists’ ballot, with each naming a top five from a list of 30.

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