Ronaldo poses with the 2017 Ballon d’Or trophy in Paris.
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Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo won a record-equaling fifth Ballon d'Or award for the year's best player Thursday. 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.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 .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.Neymar will be hoping to take over the mantle of Ronaldo and Messi, 30, in the coming years after coming third for the second time, having finished fifth last year.
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