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Cristiano Ronaldo beats Lionel Messi and Neymar to win the 2017 Ballon d’Or

Cristiano Ronaldo has won the 2017 Ballon d’Or ahead of rival Lionel Messi.

The Real Madrid was widely expected to pick up the prestigious award and duly did at a ceremony at the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

Barcelona forward Messi came second in the vote with Paris St Germain striker Neymar third.

The win for Ronaldo takes his total Ballon d’Or wins to five – level with Messi. The two have shared the award since Kaka won it in 2007.

MUNICH, GERMANY - DECEMBER 05: Neymar of Paris Saint-Germain looks on during the UEFA Champions League group B match between Bayern Muenchen and Paris Saint-Germain at Allianz Arena on December 5, 2017 in Munich, Germany.

MUNICH, GERMANY – DECEMBER 05: Neymar of Paris Saint-Germain looks on during the UEFA Champions League group B match between Bayern Muenchen and Paris Saint-Germain at Allianz Arena on December 5, 2017 in Munich, Germany.

FC Barcelona forward Lionel Messi (10) during the match between FC Barcelona - Sporting CP, for the group stage, round 6 of the Champions League, held at Camp Nou Stadium on 5th December 2017 in Barcelona, Spain.

FC Barcelona forward Lionel Messi (10) during the match between FC Barcelona – Sporting CP, for the group stage, round 6 of the Champions League, held at Camp Nou Stadium on 5th December 2017 in Barcelona, Spain.

It was little surprise that Ronaldo won it after spearheading Real Madrid to a Champions League and La Liga double over the 2016/17 season.

During the course of the calendar year the Portugal international – who won the award last year – has scored 49 goals in 56 appearances. Messi’s record is actually better – 52 in 61 – however the Argentine’s only silverware was the Copa del Rey.

Ballon d’Or ranking

1: Cristiano Ronaldo

2: Lionel Messi

3: Neymar

4: Gianluigi Buffon

5: Luka Modric

6: Sergio Ramos

7: Kylian Mbappé

8: N’Golo Kanté

9: Robert Lewandowski

10: Harry Kane

11: Edinson Cavani

12: Isco

13: Luis Suarez

14: Kevin De Bruyne

15: Paulo Dybala

16: Marcelo

17: Toni Kroos

18: Antoine Griezmann

19: Eden Hazard

20: David De Gea

21: Leonardo Bonucci and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

23: Sadio Mané

24: Radamel Falcao

25: Karim Benzema

26: Jan Oblak

27: Mats Hummels

28: Edin Dzeko

29: Dries Mertens and Philippe Coutinho.

 

The highest ranked Premier League player was Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante, with Tottenham’s Harry Kane managing to come 10th. Serie A had one player in the top 10, with Gianluigi Buffon coming fourth.

There was also just one representative from the Bundesliga, with Robert Lewandowski in ninth taking that honour. Teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe was seventh, behind Real Madrid duo Sergio Ramos and Luka Modric.

Their team-mate Toni Kroos was surprisingly low at 17.

The latest Ballon d’Or saw the award split from its association with FIFA, with a collection of journalists from around the world voting for their winner from a 30-man shortlist.

 

 

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