Real Madrid's Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo with his record-equalling fifth Ballon d'Or award
Real Madrid's Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo with his record-equalling fifth Ballon d'Or award FAUGERE FRANCK HANDOUT

Ronaldo wins record-equalling fifth Ballon d'Or

REAL Madrid's star forward Cristiano Ronaldo has won a record-equalling fifth Ballon d'Or award for the year's best footballer on Thursday

The second successive win drew the Portugese international level with Barcelona's Lionel Messi on five Ballons d'Or

The Argentinian was second in the vote, with Brazilian Neymar third

Ronaldo, 32, was top-scorer in last season's Champions League as Real successfully defended the trophy with victory over Juventus in June, and also led the Spanish giant to its first La Liga title in five years

"Of course I feel happy This is something I look forward to every year,” Ronaldo said

"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”

Ronaldo, who also won the FIFA Men's Player of the Year award in October, won the Ballon d'Or 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

The top 30 in the voting:

1 Cristiano Ronaldo (POR/Real Madrid), 2 Lionel Messi (ARG/Barcelona), 3 Neymar (BRA/Paris SG), 4 Gianluigi Buffon (ITA/Juventus), 5 Luka Modric (CRO/Real Madrid), 6 Sergio Ramos (ESP/Real Madrid), 7 Kylian Mbappe (FRA/Paris SG), 8 N'Golo Kante (FRA/Chelsea), 9 Robert Lewandowski (POL/Bayern Munich), 10 Harry Kane (ENG/Tottenham), 11 Edinson Cavani (URU/Paris SG), 12 Isco (ESP/Real Madrid), 13 Luis Suarez (URU/Barcelona), 14 Kevin De Bruyne (BEL/Manchester City), 15 Paulo Dybala (ARG/Juventus), 16 Marcelo (BRA/Real Madrid), 17 Toni Kroos (GER/Real Madrid), 18 Antoine Griezmann (FRA/Atletico Madrid), 19 Eden Hazard (BEL/Chelsea), 20 David De Gea (ESP/Manchester United), =21 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (GAB/Dortmund), and Leonardo Bonucci (ITA/Juventus, AC Milan), 23 Sadio Mane (SEN/Liverpool), 24 Radamel Falcao (COL/Monaco), 25 Karim Benzema (FRA/Real Madrid), 26 Jan Oblak (SLO/Atletico Madrid), 27 Mats Hummels (GER/Bayern Munich), 28 Edin Dzeko (BIH/Roma), =29 Philippe Coutinho (BRA/Liverpool), and Dries Mertens (BEL/Napoli),



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