Brazil soccer star Neymar

World-class soccer player Neymar leads the Brazil team at the Olympics.

Angel Di Maria, Javier Pastore and Kylian Mbappe all featured on the scoresheet as the Ligue 1 champions recorded a 3-1 win at Parc des Princes
Neymar-less PSG pick up three points vs Lille
Angel Di Maria, Javier Pastore and Kylian Mbappe all featured on the scoresheet as the Ligue 1 champions recorded a 3-1 win at Parc des Princes
Angel Di Maria, Javier Pastore and Kylian Mbappe all featured on the scoresheet as the Ligue 1 champions recorded a 3-1 win at Parc des Princes
Neymar-less PSG pick up three points vs Lille
Angel Di Maria, Javier Pastore and Kylian Mbappe all featured on the scoresheet as the Ligue 1 champions recorded a 3-1 win at Parc des Princes
The Ligue 1 champions are without star forward Neymar as the Brazilian serves a one-match suspension
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The Ligue 1 champions are without star forward Neymar as the Brazilian serves a one-match suspension
David Moyes has said his preferred way of stopping Eden Hazard in tomorrow’s London derby would be to man-mark the Chelsea forward - if only he had the players capable of doing so. The West Ham United manager said he does not have a player in his squad who he believes is able to go toe-to-toe with Hazard at the London Stadium. Moyes used similar tactics during his time as Everton manager, when he once asked midfielder Jack Rodwell to man-mark Manchester City’s David Silva. Hazard has been in irrepressible form for Chelsea in recent weeks, scoring eight goals in his last 11 games as Antonio Conte’s side have rediscovered some of the cutting-edge that propelled them to the Premier League title last season. “There are occasions when I would consider man-marking,” said Moyes. “Hazard is a player who would definitely come into that category. “The problem is that I don’t know if I have got someone who is that type of player to be a man-marker. You’ve heard the saying ‘if he goes to the toilet, follow him’. I don’t know if I have got that. “It needs to be people who are athletic and quick. You say to them, ‘don’t you think about doing anything else, this is your job’, because he is that important. West Ham have gone eight games without a win in the league Credit: afp “Looking through the squad we have got at the moment, I couldn’t really identify anyone who could do that, but tactically it would not be a bad idea to stop him.” Conte said Hazard, who finished only 19th in the prestigious Ballon d’Or rankings earlier this week, has the characteristics to rival the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as one of the best players in the world. “He is an important player for us and during games he can make the difference for us,” the Chelsea manager said. “I like to call it a ‘sacred fire’, when you have it inside you, the will to win every game, to score goals. “Every one of us, we have this sacred fire and we have to find the right solution to improve it. At this level you must have this type of situation. Then the flame can be big or little. When you have an inferno it means you are like Messi, Ronaldo or Neymar. “Eden has the right characteristics to try to fight with these giants. He has the characteristics, so then he has to try to do this.” West Ham host Chelsea having gone eight games without a win in the league. They have conceded 32 goals in 15 games this season, more than any other Premier League side. “The goals against column would tell you the defence has not protected the goalkeeper enough, and not been good enough and strong enough,” said Moyes. The West Ham manager is expected to drop goalkeeper Joe Hart from the side after Spanish goalkeeper Adrian impressed in Hart’s absence against Manchester City last week, when the Englishman was ineligible. David Moyes has a tough decision to make in goal Credit: REUTERS But Moyes has no intention of allowing Hart’s season-long loan deal from City to be cut short, even if he has fallen behind Adrian in the pecking order. “I don’t think we could work here without two top goalkeepers,” said Moyes. “What if we got an injury? Who would we play?” Hart remains England’s first-choice goalkeeper, but may be unable to keep his place in Gareth Southgate’s side if he is no longer playing at a domestic level. Southgate has made it clear that players need to be featuring regularly for their club sides if they hope to make the England team ahead of next summer’s World Cup.
'West Ham do not have anyone capable of man-marking Eden Hazard,' says David Moyes
David Moyes has said his preferred way of stopping Eden Hazard in tomorrow’s London derby would be to man-mark the Chelsea forward - if only he had the players capable of doing so. The West Ham United manager said he does not have a player in his squad who he believes is able to go toe-to-toe with Hazard at the London Stadium. Moyes used similar tactics during his time as Everton manager, when he once asked midfielder Jack Rodwell to man-mark Manchester City’s David Silva. Hazard has been in irrepressible form for Chelsea in recent weeks, scoring eight goals in his last 11 games as Antonio Conte’s side have rediscovered some of the cutting-edge that propelled them to the Premier League title last season. “There are occasions when I would consider man-marking,” said Moyes. “Hazard is a player who would definitely come into that category. “The problem is that I don’t know if I have got someone who is that type of player to be a man-marker. You’ve heard the saying ‘if he goes to the toilet, follow him’. I don’t know if I have got that. “It needs to be people who are athletic and quick. You say to them, ‘don’t you think about doing anything else, this is your job’, because he is that important. West Ham have gone eight games without a win in the league Credit: afp “Looking through the squad we have got at the moment, I couldn’t really identify anyone who could do that, but tactically it would not be a bad idea to stop him.” Conte said Hazard, who finished only 19th in the prestigious Ballon d’Or rankings earlier this week, has the characteristics to rival the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as one of the best players in the world. “He is an important player for us and during games he can make the difference for us,” the Chelsea manager said. “I like to call it a ‘sacred fire’, when you have it inside you, the will to win every game, to score goals. “Every one of us, we have this sacred fire and we have to find the right solution to improve it. At this level you must have this type of situation. Then the flame can be big or little. When you have an inferno it means you are like Messi, Ronaldo or Neymar. “Eden has the right characteristics to try to fight with these giants. He has the characteristics, so then he has to try to do this.” West Ham host Chelsea having gone eight games without a win in the league. They have conceded 32 goals in 15 games this season, more than any other Premier League side. “The goals against column would tell you the defence has not protected the goalkeeper enough, and not been good enough and strong enough,” said Moyes. The West Ham manager is expected to drop goalkeeper Joe Hart from the side after Spanish goalkeeper Adrian impressed in Hart’s absence against Manchester City last week, when the Englishman was ineligible. David Moyes has a tough decision to make in goal Credit: REUTERS But Moyes has no intention of allowing Hart’s season-long loan deal from City to be cut short, even if he has fallen behind Adrian in the pecking order. “I don’t think we could work here without two top goalkeepers,” said Moyes. “What if we got an injury? Who would we play?” Hart remains England’s first-choice goalkeeper, but may be unable to keep his place in Gareth Southgate’s side if he is no longer playing at a domestic level. Southgate has made it clear that players need to be featuring regularly for their club sides if they hope to make the England team ahead of next summer’s World Cup.
David Moyes has said his preferred way of stopping Eden Hazard in tomorrow’s London derby would be to man-mark the Chelsea forward - if only he had the players capable of doing so. The West Ham United manager said he does not have a player in his squad who he believes is able to go toe-to-toe with Hazard at the London Stadium. Moyes used similar tactics during his time as Everton manager, when he once asked midfielder Jack Rodwell to man-mark Manchester City’s David Silva. Hazard has been in irrepressible form for Chelsea in recent weeks, scoring eight goals in his last 11 games as Antonio Conte’s side have rediscovered some of the cutting-edge that propelled them to the Premier League title last season. “There are occasions when I would consider man-marking,” said Moyes. “Hazard is a player who would definitely come into that category. “The problem is that I don’t know if I have got someone who is that type of player to be a man-marker. You’ve heard the saying ‘if he goes to the toilet, follow him’. I don’t know if I have got that. “It needs to be people who are athletic and quick. You say to them, ‘don’t you think about doing anything else, this is your job’, because he is that important. West Ham have gone eight games without a win in the league Credit: afp “Looking through the squad we have got at the moment, I couldn’t really identify anyone who could do that, but tactically it would not be a bad idea to stop him.” Conte said Hazard, who finished only 19th in the prestigious Ballon d’Or rankings earlier this week, has the characteristics to rival the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as one of the best players in the world. “He is an important player for us and during games he can make the difference for us,” the Chelsea manager said. “I like to call it a ‘sacred fire’, when you have it inside you, the will to win every game, to score goals. “Every one of us, we have this sacred fire and we have to find the right solution to improve it. At this level you must have this type of situation. Then the flame can be big or little. When you have an inferno it means you are like Messi, Ronaldo or Neymar. “Eden has the right characteristics to try to fight with these giants. He has the characteristics, so then he has to try to do this.” West Ham host Chelsea having gone eight games without a win in the league. They have conceded 32 goals in 15 games this season, more than any other Premier League side. “The goals against column would tell you the defence has not protected the goalkeeper enough, and not been good enough and strong enough,” said Moyes. The West Ham manager is expected to drop goalkeeper Joe Hart from the side after Spanish goalkeeper Adrian impressed in Hart’s absence against Manchester City last week, when the Englishman was ineligible. David Moyes has a tough decision to make in goal Credit: REUTERS But Moyes has no intention of allowing Hart’s season-long loan deal from City to be cut short, even if he has fallen behind Adrian in the pecking order. “I don’t think we could work here without two top goalkeepers,” said Moyes. “What if we got an injury? Who would we play?” Hart remains England’s first-choice goalkeeper, but may be unable to keep his place in Gareth Southgate’s side if he is no longer playing at a domestic level. Southgate has made it clear that players need to be featuring regularly for their club sides if they hope to make the England team ahead of next summer’s World Cup.
'West Ham do not have anyone capable of man-marking Eden Hazard,' says David Moyes
David Moyes has said his preferred way of stopping Eden Hazard in tomorrow’s London derby would be to man-mark the Chelsea forward - if only he had the players capable of doing so. The West Ham United manager said he does not have a player in his squad who he believes is able to go toe-to-toe with Hazard at the London Stadium. Moyes used similar tactics during his time as Everton manager, when he once asked midfielder Jack Rodwell to man-mark Manchester City’s David Silva. Hazard has been in irrepressible form for Chelsea in recent weeks, scoring eight goals in his last 11 games as Antonio Conte’s side have rediscovered some of the cutting-edge that propelled them to the Premier League title last season. “There are occasions when I would consider man-marking,” said Moyes. “Hazard is a player who would definitely come into that category. “The problem is that I don’t know if I have got someone who is that type of player to be a man-marker. You’ve heard the saying ‘if he goes to the toilet, follow him’. I don’t know if I have got that. “It needs to be people who are athletic and quick. You say to them, ‘don’t you think about doing anything else, this is your job’, because he is that important. West Ham have gone eight games without a win in the league Credit: afp “Looking through the squad we have got at the moment, I couldn’t really identify anyone who could do that, but tactically it would not be a bad idea to stop him.” Conte said Hazard, who finished only 19th in the prestigious Ballon d’Or rankings earlier this week, has the characteristics to rival the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as one of the best players in the world. “He is an important player for us and during games he can make the difference for us,” the Chelsea manager said. “I like to call it a ‘sacred fire’, when you have it inside you, the will to win every game, to score goals. “Every one of us, we have this sacred fire and we have to find the right solution to improve it. At this level you must have this type of situation. Then the flame can be big or little. When you have an inferno it means you are like Messi, Ronaldo or Neymar. “Eden has the right characteristics to try to fight with these giants. He has the characteristics, so then he has to try to do this.” West Ham host Chelsea having gone eight games without a win in the league. They have conceded 32 goals in 15 games this season, more than any other Premier League side. “The goals against column would tell you the defence has not protected the goalkeeper enough, and not been good enough and strong enough,” said Moyes. The West Ham manager is expected to drop goalkeeper Joe Hart from the side after Spanish goalkeeper Adrian impressed in Hart’s absence against Manchester City last week, when the Englishman was ineligible. David Moyes has a tough decision to make in goal Credit: REUTERS But Moyes has no intention of allowing Hart’s season-long loan deal from City to be cut short, even if he has fallen behind Adrian in the pecking order. “I don’t think we could work here without two top goalkeepers,” said Moyes. “What if we got an injury? Who would we play?” Hart remains England’s first-choice goalkeeper, but may be unable to keep his place in Gareth Southgate’s side if he is no longer playing at a domestic level. Southgate has made it clear that players need to be featuring regularly for their club sides if they hope to make the England team ahead of next summer’s World Cup.
David Moyes has said his preferred way of stopping Eden Hazard in tomorrow’s London derby would be to man-mark the Chelsea forward - if only he had the players capable of doing so. The West Ham United manager said he does not have a player in his squad who he believes is able to go toe-to-toe with Hazard at the London Stadium. Moyes used similar tactics during his time as Everton manager, when he once asked midfielder Jack Rodwell to man-mark Manchester City’s David Silva. Hazard has been in irrepressible form for Chelsea in recent weeks, scoring eight goals in his last 11 games as Antonio Conte’s side have rediscovered some of the cutting-edge that propelled them to the Premier League title last season. “There are occasions when I would consider man-marking,” said Moyes. “Hazard is a player who would definitely come into that category. “The problem is that I don’t know if I have got someone who is that type of player to be a man-marker. You’ve heard the saying ‘if he goes to the toilet, follow him’. I don’t know if I have got that. “It needs to be people who are athletic and quick. You say to them, ‘don’t you think about doing anything else, this is your job’, because he is that important. West Ham have gone eight games without a win in the league Credit: afp “Looking through the squad we have got at the moment, I couldn’t really identify anyone who could do that, but tactically it would not be a bad idea to stop him.” Conte said Hazard, who finished only 19th in the prestigious Ballon d’Or rankings earlier this week, has the characteristics to rival the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as one of the best players in the world. “He is an important player for us and during games he can make the difference for us,” the Chelsea manager said. “I like to call it a ‘sacred fire’, when you have it inside you, the will to win every game, to score goals. “Every one of us, we have this sacred fire and we have to find the right solution to improve it. At this level you must have this type of situation. Then the flame can be big or little. When you have an inferno it means you are like Messi, Ronaldo or Neymar. “Eden has the right characteristics to try to fight with these giants. He has the characteristics, so then he has to try to do this.” West Ham host Chelsea having gone eight games without a win in the league. They have conceded 32 goals in 15 games this season, more than any other Premier League side. “The goals against column would tell you the defence has not protected the goalkeeper enough, and not been good enough and strong enough,” said Moyes. The West Ham manager is expected to drop goalkeeper Joe Hart from the side after Spanish goalkeeper Adrian impressed in Hart’s absence against Manchester City last week, when the Englishman was ineligible. David Moyes has a tough decision to make in goal Credit: REUTERS But Moyes has no intention of allowing Hart’s season-long loan deal from City to be cut short, even if he has fallen behind Adrian in the pecking order. “I don’t think we could work here without two top goalkeepers,” said Moyes. “What if we got an injury? Who would we play?” Hart remains England’s first-choice goalkeeper, but may be unable to keep his place in Gareth Southgate’s side if he is no longer playing at a domestic level. Southgate has made it clear that players need to be featuring regularly for their club sides if they hope to make the England team ahead of next summer’s World Cup.
'West Ham do not have anyone capable of man-marking Eden Hazard,' says David Moyes
David Moyes has said his preferred way of stopping Eden Hazard in tomorrow’s London derby would be to man-mark the Chelsea forward - if only he had the players capable of doing so. The West Ham United manager said he does not have a player in his squad who he believes is able to go toe-to-toe with Hazard at the London Stadium. Moyes used similar tactics during his time as Everton manager, when he once asked midfielder Jack Rodwell to man-mark Manchester City’s David Silva. Hazard has been in irrepressible form for Chelsea in recent weeks, scoring eight goals in his last 11 games as Antonio Conte’s side have rediscovered some of the cutting-edge that propelled them to the Premier League title last season. “There are occasions when I would consider man-marking,” said Moyes. “Hazard is a player who would definitely come into that category. “The problem is that I don’t know if I have got someone who is that type of player to be a man-marker. You’ve heard the saying ‘if he goes to the toilet, follow him’. I don’t know if I have got that. “It needs to be people who are athletic and quick. You say to them, ‘don’t you think about doing anything else, this is your job’, because he is that important. West Ham have gone eight games without a win in the league Credit: afp “Looking through the squad we have got at the moment, I couldn’t really identify anyone who could do that, but tactically it would not be a bad idea to stop him.” Conte said Hazard, who finished only 19th in the prestigious Ballon d’Or rankings earlier this week, has the characteristics to rival the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as one of the best players in the world. “He is an important player for us and during games he can make the difference for us,” the Chelsea manager said. “I like to call it a ‘sacred fire’, when you have it inside you, the will to win every game, to score goals. “Every one of us, we have this sacred fire and we have to find the right solution to improve it. At this level you must have this type of situation. Then the flame can be big or little. When you have an inferno it means you are like Messi, Ronaldo or Neymar. “Eden has the right characteristics to try to fight with these giants. He has the characteristics, so then he has to try to do this.” West Ham host Chelsea having gone eight games without a win in the league. They have conceded 32 goals in 15 games this season, more than any other Premier League side. “The goals against column would tell you the defence has not protected the goalkeeper enough, and not been good enough and strong enough,” said Moyes. The West Ham manager is expected to drop goalkeeper Joe Hart from the side after Spanish goalkeeper Adrian impressed in Hart’s absence against Manchester City last week, when the Englishman was ineligible. David Moyes has a tough decision to make in goal Credit: REUTERS But Moyes has no intention of allowing Hart’s season-long loan deal from City to be cut short, even if he has fallen behind Adrian in the pecking order. “I don’t think we could work here without two top goalkeepers,” said Moyes. “What if we got an injury? Who would we play?” Hart remains England’s first-choice goalkeeper, but may be unable to keep his place in Gareth Southgate’s side if he is no longer playing at a domestic level. Southgate has made it clear that players need to be featuring regularly for their club sides if they hope to make the England team ahead of next summer’s World Cup.
Florentino Perez suggested the Brazilian should move back to Spain to become the best player in the world, but he has backed for success in France
'Neymar can win Ballon d'Or at PSG' - Emery responds to Real Madrid transfer claim
Florentino Perez suggested the Brazilian should move back to Spain to become the best player in the world, but he has backed for success in France
Florentino Perez suggested the Brazilian should move back to Spain to become the best player in the world, but he has backed for success in France
'Neymar can win Ballon d'Or at PSG' - Emery responds to Real Madrid transfer claim
Florentino Perez suggested the Brazilian should move back to Spain to become the best player in the world, but he has backed for success in France
Premier League stars including Harry Kane, Kevin De Bruyne and John Stones are also in following their impressive performances in the Champions League
Ronaldo, Hazard & Neymar all feature in special FIFA 18 European Team of the Group Stage
Premier League stars including Harry Kane, Kevin De Bruyne and John Stones are also in following their impressive performances in the Champions League
Premier League stars including Harry Kane, Kevin De Bruyne and John Stones are also in following their impressive performances in the Champions League
Ronaldo, Hazard & Neymar all feature in special FIFA 18 European Team of the Group Stage
Premier League stars including Harry Kane, Kevin De Bruyne and John Stones are also in following their impressive performances in the Champions League
Florentino Perez suggested Neymar should join Real Madrid to win the Ballon d'Or, but Unai Emery has backed him for success in France.
Emery responds to Perez over Neymar's Ballon d'Or hopes
Florentino Perez suggested Neymar should join Real Madrid to win the Ballon d'Or, but Unai Emery has backed him for success in France.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has opened the door for Neymar to join the European champions by declaring it would help further the forward's individual ambitions. Neymar finished third behind Lionel Messi and winner Cristiano Ronaldo in the Ballon d'Or on Thursday and Perez suggested the only way for the Brazilian to break the duo's stranglehold on the prize - which has extended to a decade - would be to join Real. "Being in Madrid would make it easier to win the Ballon d'Or," Perez told Spanish radio. "Madrid is a club that gives a big player everything they need to do so. Everyone knows I wanted to sign him." Perez attempted to bring Neymar to Real from Santos on several occasions before he plumped for arch-rivals Barcelona in 2013. He enjoyed success in Catalonia, helping Barca win the treble in 2015 before leaving for Paris St-Germain in a world- record €222 million ($261m) deal this year. In September, Neymar, 25, was involved in an on-field spat with team mate Edinson Cavani over who was going to take a penalty and there has been growing media speculation that his stint in the French capital could be a brief one.
Neymar told to join Real Madrid if he wants to win Ballon d'Or
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has opened the door for Neymar to join the European champions by declaring it would help further the forward's individual ambitions. Neymar finished third behind Lionel Messi and winner Cristiano Ronaldo in the Ballon d'Or on Thursday and Perez suggested the only way for the Brazilian to break the duo's stranglehold on the prize - which has extended to a decade - would be to join Real. "Being in Madrid would make it easier to win the Ballon d'Or," Perez told Spanish radio. "Madrid is a club that gives a big player everything they need to do so. Everyone knows I wanted to sign him." Perez attempted to bring Neymar to Real from Santos on several occasions before he plumped for arch-rivals Barcelona in 2013. He enjoyed success in Catalonia, helping Barca win the treble in 2015 before leaving for Paris St-Germain in a world- record €222 million ($261m) deal this year. In September, Neymar, 25, was involved in an on-field spat with team mate Edinson Cavani over who was going to take a penalty and there has been growing media speculation that his stint in the French capital could be a brief one.
At just 21 the El Porvenir youngster has made history in the game, and he is determined to make it at the very top of world football
'Neymar is my role model' - Meet David Olaoye, the ambitious Englishman making history in Argentina
At just 21 the El Porvenir youngster has made history in the game, and he is determined to make it at the very top of world football
At just 21 the El Porvenir youngster has made history in the game, and he is determined to make it at the very top of world football
'Neymar is my role model' - Meet David Olaoye, the ambitious Englishman making history in Argentina
At just 21 the El Porvenir youngster has made history in the game, and he is determined to make it at the very top of world football
At just 21 the El Porvenir youngster has made history in the game, and he is determined to make it at the very top of world football
'Neymar is my role model' - Meet David Olaoye, the ambitious Englishman making history in Argentina
At just 21 the El Porvenir youngster has made history in the game, and he is determined to make it at the very top of world football
Neymar would have a better chance of winning the Ballon d'Or if he was playing for Real Madrid, according to Florentino Perez.
Real Madrid would make Ballon d'Or easier for Neymar - Perez
Neymar would have a better chance of winning the Ballon d'Or if he was playing for Real Madrid, according to Florentino Perez.
With rumours circulating that the Bernabeu side could one day move for the Brazil ace, their hierarchy have done little to quell those
Neymar’s Ballon d’Or chances would be better with Real Madrid, claims Perez
With rumours circulating that the Bernabeu side could one day move for the Brazil ace, their hierarchy have done little to quell those
Michael Owen believes Neymar and Kylian Mbappe will be the ones to end Ronaldo and Messi's 10-year Ballon d'Or dominance.
Neymar, Mbappe can end Ronaldo and Messi's dominance - Owen
Michael Owen believes Neymar and Kylian Mbappe will be the ones to end Ronaldo and Messi's 10-year Ballon d'Or dominance.
Michael Owen believes Neymar and Kylian Mbappe will be the ones to end Ronaldo and Messi's 10-year Ballon d'Or dominance.
Neymar, Mbappe can end Ronaldo and Messi's dominance - Owen
Michael Owen believes Neymar and Kylian Mbappe will be the ones to end Ronaldo and Messi's 10-year Ballon d'Or dominance.
Michael Owen believes Neymar and Kylian Mbappe will be the ones to end Ronaldo and Messi's 10-year Ballon d'Or dominance.
Neymar, Mbappe can end Ronaldo and Messi's dominance - Owen
Michael Owen believes Neymar and Kylian Mbappe will be the ones to end Ronaldo and Messi's 10-year Ballon d'Or dominance.
<p>The world’s most expensive footballer came third. </p>
3. Neymar

The world’s most expensive footballer came third.

Cristiano Ronaldo scooped the honour ahead of Lionel Messi this year - but who are the contenders to replace the top two?
Ballon d'Or: Dybala, Hazard or Neymar? The candidates to follow Messi and Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo scooped the honour ahead of Lionel Messi this year - but who are the contenders to replace the top two?
Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Ballon d&#39;Or for a fifth time to move level with rival Lionel Messi. The Real Madrid forward was named the winner of France Football&#39;s prestigious award at a ceremony in Paris on Thursday. Ronaldo, 32, previously won the award in 2008, 2013, 2014 and 2016. Messi finished second in the voting while Neymar, who joined Paris St Germain in a world-record transfer deal this summer, was third. Chelsea&#39;s N&#39;Golo Kante was eighth in the voting, the highest-placed of the seven Premier League players nominated. Ronaldo has had an outstanding 2017, helping Madrid to a La Liga, Champions League and Spanish Super Cup treble this year. The Portugal international has scored a total of 49 goals in all competitions for club and country, and became the first player in Champions League history to score in each of his club&#39;s group-stage matches. Ronaldo and Messi have won the Ballon d&#39;Or between them every year since 2008. Kante finished eighth, two places ahead of Tottenham&#39;s Harry Kane. Manchester City&#39;s Kevin De Bruyne was 14th, Chelsea Eden Hazard 19th and Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea 20th. Liverpool pair Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho were 23rd and 29th respectively. 7:34PM It&#39;s official Second place: Lionel Messi Third place: Neymar 7:30PM No runner-up? This is from France Football&#39;s own website. The website behind these awards... 7:22PM The wait goes on It&#39;s not hugely relevant, but I feel it would provide some closure to know who finished second and who came third out of Messi and Neymar. France Football seem not to know the result, despite the fact that they are the organisation behind this award. 7:18PM From the horse&#39;s mouth Congratulations @Cristiano for your fifth #BallondOr! ������ #EiffelTowerpic.twitter.com/HX4hoePi9g— La tour Eiffel (@LaTourEiffel) December 7, 2017 7:11PM Numbers 2 and 3? Strangely, they have not yet announced who finished second and who was third. I bet Lionel Messi and Neymar are on tenterhooks... 7:09PM Family affair Ronaldo has just been joined on stage by his mother and son. 7:07PM Here is your winner Cristiano Ronaldo Ballon d’Or @francefootball 2017 ! #BallondOrpic.twitter.com/XbPS7anVRL— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 7:05PM The money shot Blimey, that happened rather quickly. One minute they were chatting on stage and the next they were zooming in from a distant shot of the Eiffel Tower. As they get closer, a man in a tuxedo appears. He is facing the wrong way. Who is this man? The camera moves closer. Is it James Bond? He&#39;s turning around. He&#39;s holding something. IT&#39;S CRISTIANO RONALDO! 7:03PM AND THE WINNER IS... Cristiano Ronaldo! 7:01PM It&#39;s all foreign to me Ginola and Ronaldo (the fat one) are having a chat on stage in English, but all I can hear is the French translation. Which is frustrating to say the least. Don&#39;t worry, you&#39;re not missing much. 6:58PM Video montage The real (fat) Ronaldo has just been chatting with Ginola on stage and now they are showing a montage of Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar *Goals Galore*. The three blokes left in the running for this award are decent footballers by the looks of it. 6:55PM We&#39;re live The ceremony - which is taking place in the Eiffel Tower - has just begun, hosted by David Ginola (he&#39;s the one on the right). Credit: jeff gilbert 6:47PM Podium We&#39;re down to the business end of the night and, unsurprisingly, it&#39;s the three biggest names in world football left in the running. Tense? Hell yes, it&#39;s tense. You can could the tension with a knife. 6:37PM Number 4 As expected, it&#39;s the veteran Italian goalkeeper just missing out on the podium. Final ranking of Ballon d&#39;Or France Football 2017 : 4th - GIANLUIGI BUFFON Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/ciBbnPcmvl— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:37PM Having a party Jamie Vardy finished eighth in these awards last year. One place behind Riyad Mahrez and two behind Gareth Bale. How times change, eh? 6:32PM Number 5 Another one bites the dust. I bet 10p that Buffon is the next name drawn out of the hat. Final ranking of Ballon d&#39;Or France Football 2017 : 5th - LUKA MODRIC Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/0dpSAJp8rG— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:27PM Number 6 The final defender is out of the running: Final ranking of Ballon d&#39;Or France Football 2017 : 6th - SERGIO RAMOS Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/NvfC70rzVM— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 Which leaves these five to fight it out for the top spots: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus) Lionel Messi (Barcelona) Luka Modric (Real Madrid) Neymar (PSG) Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 6:15PM Number 7 Final ranking of Ballon d&#39;Or France Football 2017 : 7th - KYLIAN MBAPPÉ Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/hleLhPKNwn— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:15PM The big two How do Ronaldo and Messi compare? Well, in terms of goals and goals alone their tally for 2017 is this: Ronaldo - 52 Messi - 49 Ronaldo also became the first man to score in all six Champions League group games last night. Although presumably he&#39;d already been told he was going to win this award before that match. If he has indeed won (ahem...). And if he has indeed been told (ahem...). Ronaldo vs Messi: How individual awards compare 6:09PM What even is this? You may be wondering what this whole thing is about. Didn&#39;t Ronaldo win the Fifa Best Player the other week? Allow this handy box to explain: What is the difference between the Ballon dOr and Fifa Best Player? 6:07PM Number 8 Final ranking of Ballon d&#39;Or France Football 2017 : 8th - N&#39;GOLO KANTÉ Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/tyTqvL63FU— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:03PM Number 9 Coming thick and fast now: Final ranking of Ballon d&#39;Or France Football 2017 : 9th - ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/3ewpVG6atX— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:02PM Nooooooooooooooooo Harry Kane will not become the first English Ballon d&#39;Or winner since Michael Owen in 2001: Final ranking of Ballon d&#39;Or France Football 2017 : 10th - HARRY KANE Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/S8xVHVM8eF— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 Any mention of Michael Owen is an excuse to post this: I want to like Michael Owen, I really do, but...https://ec.yimg.com/ec?url=http%3a%2f%2ft.co%2fthAxcyTiqf%e2%80%94&t=1513002940&sig=u4SHxO76GcWSOJfKC3U3LQ--~D Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) December 2, 2014 5:59PM What happens now? We are expecting the winner to be announced at around 6.45pm (GMT) with the rest of the top 10 revealed in the lead up to THE BIG MOMENT. We already know the identity of the remaining 10 players still in the running to win the 2017 Ballon d&#39;Or: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus) Harry Kane (Tottenham) N’Golo Kante (Chelsea) Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) Kylian Mbappe (PSG) Lionel Messi (Barcelona) Luka Modric (Real Madrid) Neymar (PSG) Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 5:52PM Results The results are in! Well, some of the results anyway. France Football (the French publication that is behind the Ballon d&#39;Or) has been counting down 2017&#39;s best footballers from number 30 and they have just reached the top 10. I shall bring you up to speed: 29 - Dries Mertens and Philippe Coutinho 28 - Edin Dzeko 27 - Mats Hummels 26 - Jan Oblak 25 - Karin Benzema 24 - Radamel Falcao 23 - Sadio Mane 21 - Leonardo Bonucci and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 20 - David De Gea 19 - Eden Hazard 18 - Antoine Griezmann 17 - Toni Kroos 16 - Marcelo 15 - Paulo Dybala 14 - Kevin De Bruyne 13 - Luis Suarez 12 - Isco 11 - Edinson Cavani Which means... HARRY KANE COULD STILL WIN THE BALLON D&#39;OR!!!!!!!!! Credit: action images 5:43PM Who should win? But fear not. This is not a done deal (it actually is). The winner is yet to be confirmed (it&#39;s Ronaldo). We could have an unexpected winner from left-field (but we won&#39;t). Who do you think triumph? Vote NOW. 5:41PM Ron the way to Paris Of course, the spoilers began yesterday when this story broke: Cristiano Ronaldo leaked boot suggests he will beat Lionel Messi and claim fifth Ballon d&#39;Or If the boots say it, it must be true. Fast-forward to today and CR7 and family have been documenting their flight to Paris for the Ballon d&#39;Or ceremony: Exhibit 1 Flying in style!!������ A post shared by Cristiano Ronaldo (@cristiano) on Dec 7, 2017 at 5:09am PST Exhibit 2 (courtesy of Mrs Ron) De camino a París para el Balón de Oro con la familia ❤️ #balondeoro #CR7 A post shared by Georgina Rodríguez (@georginagio) on Dec 7, 2017 at 5:13am PST 5:32PM Welcome Hello. It&#39;s Ballon d&#39;Or time. Excited? Sweet as a nut. Lest you have allowed recent results to slip your mind, here is a handy reminder: 2008: Ronaldo 2009: Messi 2010: Messi 2011: Messi 2012: Messi 2013: Ronaldo 2014: Ronaldo 2015: Messi 2016: Ronaldo Spot a theme? For almost a decade, the upper echelons of global football have been dominated by two men and this year has been no different. It&#39;s a two-horse race between the sport&#39;s two superstars. Ballon DOr | Wins by player So who will add to their collection tonight? (Spoiler: Cristiano Ronaldo) Stay right here to find out the answer. (The answer is Cristiano Ronaldo)
Ballon d'Or 2017: Cristiano Ronaldo wins award for the fifth time
Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Ballon d'Or for a fifth time to move level with rival Lionel Messi. The Real Madrid forward was named the winner of France Football's prestigious award at a ceremony in Paris on Thursday. Ronaldo, 32, previously won the award in 2008, 2013, 2014 and 2016. Messi finished second in the voting while Neymar, who joined Paris St Germain in a world-record transfer deal this summer, was third. Chelsea's N'Golo Kante was eighth in the voting, the highest-placed of the seven Premier League players nominated. Ronaldo has had an outstanding 2017, helping Madrid to a La Liga, Champions League and Spanish Super Cup treble this year. The Portugal international has scored a total of 49 goals in all competitions for club and country, and became the first player in Champions League history to score in each of his club's group-stage matches. Ronaldo and Messi have won the Ballon d'Or between them every year since 2008. Kante finished eighth, two places ahead of Tottenham's Harry Kane. Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne was 14th, Chelsea Eden Hazard 19th and Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea 20th. Liverpool pair Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho were 23rd and 29th respectively. 7:34PM It's official Second place: Lionel Messi Third place: Neymar 7:30PM No runner-up? This is from France Football's own website. The website behind these awards... 7:22PM The wait goes on It's not hugely relevant, but I feel it would provide some closure to know who finished second and who came third out of Messi and Neymar. France Football seem not to know the result, despite the fact that they are the organisation behind this award. 7:18PM From the horse's mouth Congratulations @Cristiano for your fifth #BallondOr! ������ #EiffelTowerpic.twitter.com/HX4hoePi9g— La tour Eiffel (@LaTourEiffel) December 7, 2017 7:11PM Numbers 2 and 3? Strangely, they have not yet announced who finished second and who was third. I bet Lionel Messi and Neymar are on tenterhooks... 7:09PM Family affair Ronaldo has just been joined on stage by his mother and son. 7:07PM Here is your winner Cristiano Ronaldo Ballon d’Or @francefootball 2017 ! #BallondOrpic.twitter.com/XbPS7anVRL— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 7:05PM The money shot Blimey, that happened rather quickly. One minute they were chatting on stage and the next they were zooming in from a distant shot of the Eiffel Tower. As they get closer, a man in a tuxedo appears. He is facing the wrong way. Who is this man? The camera moves closer. Is it James Bond? He's turning around. He's holding something. IT'S CRISTIANO RONALDO! 7:03PM AND THE WINNER IS... Cristiano Ronaldo! 7:01PM It's all foreign to me Ginola and Ronaldo (the fat one) are having a chat on stage in English, but all I can hear is the French translation. Which is frustrating to say the least. Don't worry, you're not missing much. 6:58PM Video montage The real (fat) Ronaldo has just been chatting with Ginola on stage and now they are showing a montage of Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar *Goals Galore*. The three blokes left in the running for this award are decent footballers by the looks of it. 6:55PM We're live The ceremony - which is taking place in the Eiffel Tower - has just begun, hosted by David Ginola (he's the one on the right). Credit: jeff gilbert 6:47PM Podium We're down to the business end of the night and, unsurprisingly, it's the three biggest names in world football left in the running. Tense? Hell yes, it's tense. You can could the tension with a knife. 6:37PM Number 4 As expected, it's the veteran Italian goalkeeper just missing out on the podium. Final ranking of Ballon d'Or France Football 2017 : 4th - GIANLUIGI BUFFON Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/ciBbnPcmvl— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:37PM Having a party Jamie Vardy finished eighth in these awards last year. One place behind Riyad Mahrez and two behind Gareth Bale. How times change, eh? 6:32PM Number 5 Another one bites the dust. I bet 10p that Buffon is the next name drawn out of the hat. Final ranking of Ballon d'Or France Football 2017 : 5th - LUKA MODRIC Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/0dpSAJp8rG— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:27PM Number 6 The final defender is out of the running: Final ranking of Ballon d'Or France Football 2017 : 6th - SERGIO RAMOS Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/NvfC70rzVM— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 Which leaves these five to fight it out for the top spots: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus) Lionel Messi (Barcelona) Luka Modric (Real Madrid) Neymar (PSG) Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 6:15PM Number 7 Final ranking of Ballon d'Or France Football 2017 : 7th - KYLIAN MBAPPÉ Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/hleLhPKNwn— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:15PM The big two How do Ronaldo and Messi compare? Well, in terms of goals and goals alone their tally for 2017 is this: Ronaldo - 52 Messi - 49 Ronaldo also became the first man to score in all six Champions League group games last night. Although presumably he'd already been told he was going to win this award before that match. If he has indeed won (ahem...). And if he has indeed been told (ahem...). Ronaldo vs Messi: How individual awards compare 6:09PM What even is this? You may be wondering what this whole thing is about. Didn't Ronaldo win the Fifa Best Player the other week? Allow this handy box to explain: What is the difference between the Ballon dOr and Fifa Best Player? 6:07PM Number 8 Final ranking of Ballon d'Or France Football 2017 : 8th - N'GOLO KANTÉ Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/tyTqvL63FU— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:03PM Number 9 Coming thick and fast now: Final ranking of Ballon d'Or France Football 2017 : 9th - ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/3ewpVG6atX— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:02PM Nooooooooooooooooo Harry Kane will not become the first English Ballon d'Or winner since Michael Owen in 2001: Final ranking of Ballon d'Or France Football 2017 : 10th - HARRY KANE Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/S8xVHVM8eF— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 Any mention of Michael Owen is an excuse to post this: I want to like Michael Owen, I really do, but...http://t.co/thAxcyTiqf— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) December 2, 2014 5:59PM What happens now? We are expecting the winner to be announced at around 6.45pm (GMT) with the rest of the top 10 revealed in the lead up to THE BIG MOMENT. We already know the identity of the remaining 10 players still in the running to win the 2017 Ballon d'Or: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus) Harry Kane (Tottenham) N’Golo Kante (Chelsea) Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) Kylian Mbappe (PSG) Lionel Messi (Barcelona) Luka Modric (Real Madrid) Neymar (PSG) Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 5:52PM Results The results are in! Well, some of the results anyway. France Football (the French publication that is behind the Ballon d'Or) has been counting down 2017's best footballers from number 30 and they have just reached the top 10. I shall bring you up to speed: 29 - Dries Mertens and Philippe Coutinho 28 - Edin Dzeko 27 - Mats Hummels 26 - Jan Oblak 25 - Karin Benzema 24 - Radamel Falcao 23 - Sadio Mane 21 - Leonardo Bonucci and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 20 - David De Gea 19 - Eden Hazard 18 - Antoine Griezmann 17 - Toni Kroos 16 - Marcelo 15 - Paulo Dybala 14 - Kevin De Bruyne 13 - Luis Suarez 12 - Isco 11 - Edinson Cavani Which means... HARRY KANE COULD STILL WIN THE BALLON D'OR!!!!!!!!! Credit: action images 5:43PM Who should win? But fear not. This is not a done deal (it actually is). The winner is yet to be confirmed (it's Ronaldo). We could have an unexpected winner from left-field (but we won't). Who do you think triumph? Vote NOW. 5:41PM Ron the way to Paris Of course, the spoilers began yesterday when this story broke: Cristiano Ronaldo leaked boot suggests he will beat Lionel Messi and claim fifth Ballon d'Or If the boots say it, it must be true. Fast-forward to today and CR7 and family have been documenting their flight to Paris for the Ballon d'Or ceremony: Exhibit 1 Flying in style!!������ A post shared by Cristiano Ronaldo (@cristiano) on Dec 7, 2017 at 5:09am PST Exhibit 2 (courtesy of Mrs Ron) De camino a París para el Balón de Oro con la familia ❤️ #balondeoro #CR7 A post shared by Georgina Rodríguez (@georginagio) on Dec 7, 2017 at 5:13am PST 5:32PM Welcome Hello. It's Ballon d'Or time. Excited? Sweet as a nut. Lest you have allowed recent results to slip your mind, here is a handy reminder: 2008: Ronaldo 2009: Messi 2010: Messi 2011: Messi 2012: Messi 2013: Ronaldo 2014: Ronaldo 2015: Messi 2016: Ronaldo Spot a theme? For almost a decade, the upper echelons of global football have been dominated by two men and this year has been no different. It's a two-horse race between the sport's two superstars. Ballon DOr | Wins by player So who will add to their collection tonight? (Spoiler: Cristiano Ronaldo) Stay right here to find out the answer. (The answer is Cristiano Ronaldo)
Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Ballon d&#39;Or for a fifth time to move level with rival Lionel Messi. The Real Madrid forward was named the winner of France Football&#39;s prestigious award at a ceremony in Paris on Thursday. Ronaldo, 32, previously won the award in 2008, 2013, 2014 and 2016. Messi finished second in the voting while Neymar, who joined Paris St Germain in a world-record transfer deal this summer, was third. Chelsea&#39;s N&#39;Golo Kante was eighth in the voting, the highest-placed of the seven Premier League players nominated. Ronaldo has had an outstanding 2017, helping Madrid to a La Liga, Champions League and Spanish Super Cup treble this year. The Portugal international has scored a total of 49 goals in all competitions for club and country, and became the first player in Champions League history to score in each of his club&#39;s group-stage matches. Ronaldo and Messi have won the Ballon d&#39;Or between them every year since 2008. Kante finished eighth, two places ahead of Tottenham&#39;s Harry Kane. Manchester City&#39;s Kevin De Bruyne was 14th, Chelsea Eden Hazard 19th and Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea 20th. Liverpool pair Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho were 23rd and 29th respectively. 7:34PM It&#39;s official Second place: Lionel Messi Third place: Neymar 7:30PM No runner-up? This is from France Football&#39;s own website. The website behind these awards... 7:22PM The wait goes on It&#39;s not hugely relevant, but I feel it would provide some closure to know who finished second and who came third out of Messi and Neymar. France Football seem not to know the result, despite the fact that they are the organisation behind this award. 7:18PM From the horse&#39;s mouth Congratulations @Cristiano for your fifth #BallondOr! ������ #EiffelTowerpic.twitter.com/HX4hoePi9g— La tour Eiffel (@LaTourEiffel) December 7, 2017 7:11PM Numbers 2 and 3? Strangely, they have not yet announced who finished second and who was third. I bet Lionel Messi and Neymar are on tenterhooks... 7:09PM Family affair Ronaldo has just been joined on stage by his mother and son. 7:07PM Here is your winner Cristiano Ronaldo Ballon d’Or @francefootball 2017 ! #BallondOrpic.twitter.com/XbPS7anVRL— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 7:05PM The money shot Blimey, that happened rather quickly. One minute they were chatting on stage and the next they were zooming in from a distant shot of the Eiffel Tower. As they get closer, a man in a tuxedo appears. He is facing the wrong way. Who is this man? The camera moves closer. Is it James Bond? He&#39;s turning around. He&#39;s holding something. IT&#39;S CRISTIANO RONALDO! 7:03PM AND THE WINNER IS... Cristiano Ronaldo! 7:01PM It&#39;s all foreign to me Ginola and Ronaldo (the fat one) are having a chat on stage in English, but all I can hear is the French translation. Which is frustrating to say the least. Don&#39;t worry, you&#39;re not missing much. 6:58PM Video montage The real (fat) Ronaldo has just been chatting with Ginola on stage and now they are showing a montage of Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar *Goals Galore*. The three blokes left in the running for this award are decent footballers by the looks of it. 6:55PM We&#39;re live The ceremony - which is taking place in the Eiffel Tower - has just begun, hosted by David Ginola (he&#39;s the one on the right). Credit: jeff gilbert 6:47PM Podium We&#39;re down to the business end of the night and, unsurprisingly, it&#39;s the three biggest names in world football left in the running. Tense? Hell yes, it&#39;s tense. You can could the tension with a knife. 6:37PM Number 4 As expected, it&#39;s the veteran Italian goalkeeper just missing out on the podium. Final ranking of Ballon d&#39;Or France Football 2017 : 4th - GIANLUIGI BUFFON Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/ciBbnPcmvl— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:37PM Having a party Jamie Vardy finished eighth in these awards last year. One place behind Riyad Mahrez and two behind Gareth Bale. How times change, eh? 6:32PM Number 5 Another one bites the dust. I bet 10p that Buffon is the next name drawn out of the hat. Final ranking of Ballon d&#39;Or France Football 2017 : 5th - LUKA MODRIC Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/0dpSAJp8rG— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:27PM Number 6 The final defender is out of the running: Final ranking of Ballon d&#39;Or France Football 2017 : 6th - SERGIO RAMOS Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/NvfC70rzVM— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 Which leaves these five to fight it out for the top spots: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus) Lionel Messi (Barcelona) Luka Modric (Real Madrid) Neymar (PSG) Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 6:15PM Number 7 Final ranking of Ballon d&#39;Or France Football 2017 : 7th - KYLIAN MBAPPÉ Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/hleLhPKNwn— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:15PM The big two How do Ronaldo and Messi compare? Well, in terms of goals and goals alone their tally for 2017 is this: Ronaldo - 52 Messi - 49 Ronaldo also became the first man to score in all six Champions League group games last night. Although presumably he&#39;d already been told he was going to win this award before that match. If he has indeed won (ahem...). And if he has indeed been told (ahem...). Ronaldo vs Messi: How individual awards compare 6:09PM What even is this? You may be wondering what this whole thing is about. Didn&#39;t Ronaldo win the Fifa Best Player the other week? Allow this handy box to explain: What is the difference between the Ballon dOr and Fifa Best Player? 6:07PM Number 8 Final ranking of Ballon d&#39;Or France Football 2017 : 8th - N&#39;GOLO KANTÉ Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/tyTqvL63FU— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:03PM Number 9 Coming thick and fast now: Final ranking of Ballon d&#39;Or France Football 2017 : 9th - ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/3ewpVG6atX— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:02PM Nooooooooooooooooo Harry Kane will not become the first English Ballon d&#39;Or winner since Michael Owen in 2001: Final ranking of Ballon d&#39;Or France Football 2017 : 10th - HARRY KANE Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/S8xVHVM8eF— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 Any mention of Michael Owen is an excuse to post this: I want to like Michael Owen, I really do, but...https://ec.yimg.com/ec?url=http%3a%2f%2ft.co%2fthAxcyTiqf%e2%80%94&t=1513002940&sig=u4SHxO76GcWSOJfKC3U3LQ--~D Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) December 2, 2014 5:59PM What happens now? We are expecting the winner to be announced at around 6.45pm (GMT) with the rest of the top 10 revealed in the lead up to THE BIG MOMENT. We already know the identity of the remaining 10 players still in the running to win the 2017 Ballon d&#39;Or: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus) Harry Kane (Tottenham) N’Golo Kante (Chelsea) Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) Kylian Mbappe (PSG) Lionel Messi (Barcelona) Luka Modric (Real Madrid) Neymar (PSG) Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 5:52PM Results The results are in! Well, some of the results anyway. France Football (the French publication that is behind the Ballon d&#39;Or) has been counting down 2017&#39;s best footballers from number 30 and they have just reached the top 10. I shall bring you up to speed: 29 - Dries Mertens and Philippe Coutinho 28 - Edin Dzeko 27 - Mats Hummels 26 - Jan Oblak 25 - Karin Benzema 24 - Radamel Falcao 23 - Sadio Mane 21 - Leonardo Bonucci and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 20 - David De Gea 19 - Eden Hazard 18 - Antoine Griezmann 17 - Toni Kroos 16 - Marcelo 15 - Paulo Dybala 14 - Kevin De Bruyne 13 - Luis Suarez 12 - Isco 11 - Edinson Cavani Which means... HARRY KANE COULD STILL WIN THE BALLON D&#39;OR!!!!!!!!! Credit: action images 5:43PM Who should win? But fear not. This is not a done deal (it actually is). The winner is yet to be confirmed (it&#39;s Ronaldo). We could have an unexpected winner from left-field (but we won&#39;t). Who do you think triumph? Vote NOW. 5:41PM Ron the way to Paris Of course, the spoilers began yesterday when this story broke: Cristiano Ronaldo leaked boot suggests he will beat Lionel Messi and claim fifth Ballon d&#39;Or If the boots say it, it must be true. Fast-forward to today and CR7 and family have been documenting their flight to Paris for the Ballon d&#39;Or ceremony: Exhibit 1 Flying in style!!������ A post shared by Cristiano Ronaldo (@cristiano) on Dec 7, 2017 at 5:09am PST Exhibit 2 (courtesy of Mrs Ron) De camino a París para el Balón de Oro con la familia ❤️ #balondeoro #CR7 A post shared by Georgina Rodríguez (@georginagio) on Dec 7, 2017 at 5:13am PST 5:32PM Welcome Hello. It&#39;s Ballon d&#39;Or time. Excited? Sweet as a nut. Lest you have allowed recent results to slip your mind, here is a handy reminder: 2008: Ronaldo 2009: Messi 2010: Messi 2011: Messi 2012: Messi 2013: Ronaldo 2014: Ronaldo 2015: Messi 2016: Ronaldo Spot a theme? For almost a decade, the upper echelons of global football have been dominated by two men and this year has been no different. It&#39;s a two-horse race between the sport&#39;s two superstars. Ballon DOr | Wins by player So who will add to their collection tonight? (Spoiler: Cristiano Ronaldo) Stay right here to find out the answer. (The answer is Cristiano Ronaldo)
Ballon d'Or 2017: Cristiano Ronaldo wins award for the fifth time
Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Ballon d'Or for a fifth time to move level with rival Lionel Messi. The Real Madrid forward was named the winner of France Football's prestigious award at a ceremony in Paris on Thursday. Ronaldo, 32, previously won the award in 2008, 2013, 2014 and 2016. Messi finished second in the voting while Neymar, who joined Paris St Germain in a world-record transfer deal this summer, was third. Chelsea's N'Golo Kante was eighth in the voting, the highest-placed of the seven Premier League players nominated. Ronaldo has had an outstanding 2017, helping Madrid to a La Liga, Champions League and Spanish Super Cup treble this year. The Portugal international has scored a total of 49 goals in all competitions for club and country, and became the first player in Champions League history to score in each of his club's group-stage matches. Ronaldo and Messi have won the Ballon d'Or between them every year since 2008. Kante finished eighth, two places ahead of Tottenham's Harry Kane. Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne was 14th, Chelsea Eden Hazard 19th and Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea 20th. Liverpool pair Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho were 23rd and 29th respectively. 7:34PM It's official Second place: Lionel Messi Third place: Neymar 7:30PM No runner-up? This is from France Football's own website. The website behind these awards... 7:22PM The wait goes on It's not hugely relevant, but I feel it would provide some closure to know who finished second and who came third out of Messi and Neymar. France Football seem not to know the result, despite the fact that they are the organisation behind this award. 7:18PM From the horse's mouth Congratulations @Cristiano for your fifth #BallondOr! ������ #EiffelTowerpic.twitter.com/HX4hoePi9g— La tour Eiffel (@LaTourEiffel) December 7, 2017 7:11PM Numbers 2 and 3? Strangely, they have not yet announced who finished second and who was third. I bet Lionel Messi and Neymar are on tenterhooks... 7:09PM Family affair Ronaldo has just been joined on stage by his mother and son. 7:07PM Here is your winner Cristiano Ronaldo Ballon d’Or @francefootball 2017 ! #BallondOrpic.twitter.com/XbPS7anVRL— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 7:05PM The money shot Blimey, that happened rather quickly. One minute they were chatting on stage and the next they were zooming in from a distant shot of the Eiffel Tower. As they get closer, a man in a tuxedo appears. He is facing the wrong way. Who is this man? The camera moves closer. Is it James Bond? He's turning around. He's holding something. IT'S CRISTIANO RONALDO! 7:03PM AND THE WINNER IS... Cristiano Ronaldo! 7:01PM It's all foreign to me Ginola and Ronaldo (the fat one) are having a chat on stage in English, but all I can hear is the French translation. Which is frustrating to say the least. Don't worry, you're not missing much. 6:58PM Video montage The real (fat) Ronaldo has just been chatting with Ginola on stage and now they are showing a montage of Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar *Goals Galore*. The three blokes left in the running for this award are decent footballers by the looks of it. 6:55PM We're live The ceremony - which is taking place in the Eiffel Tower - has just begun, hosted by David Ginola (he's the one on the right). Credit: jeff gilbert 6:47PM Podium We're down to the business end of the night and, unsurprisingly, it's the three biggest names in world football left in the running. Tense? Hell yes, it's tense. You can could the tension with a knife. 6:37PM Number 4 As expected, it's the veteran Italian goalkeeper just missing out on the podium. Final ranking of Ballon d'Or France Football 2017 : 4th - GIANLUIGI BUFFON Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/ciBbnPcmvl— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:37PM Having a party Jamie Vardy finished eighth in these awards last year. One place behind Riyad Mahrez and two behind Gareth Bale. How times change, eh? 6:32PM Number 5 Another one bites the dust. I bet 10p that Buffon is the next name drawn out of the hat. Final ranking of Ballon d'Or France Football 2017 : 5th - LUKA MODRIC Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/0dpSAJp8rG— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:27PM Number 6 The final defender is out of the running: Final ranking of Ballon d'Or France Football 2017 : 6th - SERGIO RAMOS Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/NvfC70rzVM— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 Which leaves these five to fight it out for the top spots: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus) Lionel Messi (Barcelona) Luka Modric (Real Madrid) Neymar (PSG) Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 6:15PM Number 7 Final ranking of Ballon d'Or France Football 2017 : 7th - KYLIAN MBAPPÉ Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/hleLhPKNwn— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:15PM The big two How do Ronaldo and Messi compare? Well, in terms of goals and goals alone their tally for 2017 is this: Ronaldo - 52 Messi - 49 Ronaldo also became the first man to score in all six Champions League group games last night. Although presumably he'd already been told he was going to win this award before that match. If he has indeed won (ahem...). And if he has indeed been told (ahem...). Ronaldo vs Messi: How individual awards compare 6:09PM What even is this? You may be wondering what this whole thing is about. Didn't Ronaldo win the Fifa Best Player the other week? Allow this handy box to explain: What is the difference between the Ballon dOr and Fifa Best Player? 6:07PM Number 8 Final ranking of Ballon d'Or France Football 2017 : 8th - N'GOLO KANTÉ Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/tyTqvL63FU— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:03PM Number 9 Coming thick and fast now: Final ranking of Ballon d'Or France Football 2017 : 9th - ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/3ewpVG6atX— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:02PM Nooooooooooooooooo Harry Kane will not become the first English Ballon d'Or winner since Michael Owen in 2001: Final ranking of Ballon d'Or France Football 2017 : 10th - HARRY KANE Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/S8xVHVM8eF— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 Any mention of Michael Owen is an excuse to post this: I want to like Michael Owen, I really do, but...http://t.co/thAxcyTiqf— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) December 2, 2014 5:59PM What happens now? We are expecting the winner to be announced at around 6.45pm (GMT) with the rest of the top 10 revealed in the lead up to THE BIG MOMENT. We already know the identity of the remaining 10 players still in the running to win the 2017 Ballon d'Or: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus) Harry Kane (Tottenham) N’Golo Kante (Chelsea) Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) Kylian Mbappe (PSG) Lionel Messi (Barcelona) Luka Modric (Real Madrid) Neymar (PSG) Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 5:52PM Results The results are in! Well, some of the results anyway. France Football (the French publication that is behind the Ballon d'Or) has been counting down 2017's best footballers from number 30 and they have just reached the top 10. I shall bring you up to speed: 29 - Dries Mertens and Philippe Coutinho 28 - Edin Dzeko 27 - Mats Hummels 26 - Jan Oblak 25 - Karin Benzema 24 - Radamel Falcao 23 - Sadio Mane 21 - Leonardo Bonucci and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 20 - David De Gea 19 - Eden Hazard 18 - Antoine Griezmann 17 - Toni Kroos 16 - Marcelo 15 - Paulo Dybala 14 - Kevin De Bruyne 13 - Luis Suarez 12 - Isco 11 - Edinson Cavani Which means... HARRY KANE COULD STILL WIN THE BALLON D'OR!!!!!!!!! Credit: action images 5:43PM Who should win? But fear not. This is not a done deal (it actually is). The winner is yet to be confirmed (it's Ronaldo). We could have an unexpected winner from left-field (but we won't). Who do you think triumph? Vote NOW. 5:41PM Ron the way to Paris Of course, the spoilers began yesterday when this story broke: Cristiano Ronaldo leaked boot suggests he will beat Lionel Messi and claim fifth Ballon d'Or If the boots say it, it must be true. Fast-forward to today and CR7 and family have been documenting their flight to Paris for the Ballon d'Or ceremony: Exhibit 1 Flying in style!!������ A post shared by Cristiano Ronaldo (@cristiano) on Dec 7, 2017 at 5:09am PST Exhibit 2 (courtesy of Mrs Ron) De camino a París para el Balón de Oro con la familia ❤️ #balondeoro #CR7 A post shared by Georgina Rodríguez (@georginagio) on Dec 7, 2017 at 5:13am PST 5:32PM Welcome Hello. It's Ballon d'Or time. Excited? Sweet as a nut. Lest you have allowed recent results to slip your mind, here is a handy reminder: 2008: Ronaldo 2009: Messi 2010: Messi 2011: Messi 2012: Messi 2013: Ronaldo 2014: Ronaldo 2015: Messi 2016: Ronaldo Spot a theme? For almost a decade, the upper echelons of global football have been dominated by two men and this year has been no different. It's a two-horse race between the sport's two superstars. Ballon DOr | Wins by player So who will add to their collection tonight? (Spoiler: Cristiano Ronaldo) Stay right here to find out the answer. (The answer is Cristiano Ronaldo)
Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Ballon d&#39;Or for a fifth time to move level with rival Lionel Messi. The Real Madrid forward was named the winner of France Football&#39;s prestigious award at a ceremony in Paris on Thursday. Ronaldo, 32, previously won the award in 2008, 2013, 2014 and 2016. Messi finished second in the voting while Neymar, who joined Paris St Germain in a world-record transfer deal this summer, was third. Chelsea&#39;s N&#39;Golo Kante was eighth in the voting, the highest-placed of the seven Premier League players nominated. Ronaldo has had an outstanding 2017, helping Madrid to a La Liga, Champions League and Spanish Super Cup treble this year. The Portugal international has scored a total of 49 goals in all competitions for club and country, and became the first player in Champions League history to score in each of his club&#39;s group-stage matches. Ronaldo and Messi have won the Ballon d&#39;Or between them every year since 2008. Kante finished eighth, two places ahead of Tottenham&#39;s Harry Kane. Manchester City&#39;s Kevin De Bruyne was 14th, Chelsea Eden Hazard 19th and Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea 20th. Liverpool pair Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho were 23rd and 29th respectively. 7:34PM It&#39;s official Second place: Lionel Messi Third place: Neymar 7:30PM No runner-up? This is from France Football&#39;s own website. The website behind these awards... 7:22PM The wait goes on It&#39;s not hugely relevant, but I feel it would provide some closure to know who finished second and who came third out of Messi and Neymar. France Football seem not to know the result, despite the fact that they are the organisation behind this award. 7:18PM From the horse&#39;s mouth Congratulations @Cristiano for your fifth #BallondOr! ������ #EiffelTowerpic.twitter.com/HX4hoePi9g— La tour Eiffel (@LaTourEiffel) December 7, 2017 7:11PM Numbers 2 and 3? Strangely, they have not yet announced who finished second and who was third. I bet Lionel Messi and Neymar are on tenterhooks... 7:09PM Family affair Ronaldo has just been joined on stage by his mother and son. 7:07PM Here is your winner Cristiano Ronaldo Ballon d’Or @francefootball 2017 ! #BallondOrpic.twitter.com/XbPS7anVRL— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 7:05PM The money shot Blimey, that happened rather quickly. One minute they were chatting on stage and the next they were zooming in from a distant shot of the Eiffel Tower. As they get closer, a man in a tuxedo appears. He is facing the wrong way. Who is this man? The camera moves closer. Is it James Bond? He&#39;s turning around. He&#39;s holding something. IT&#39;S CRISTIANO RONALDO! 7:03PM AND THE WINNER IS... Cristiano Ronaldo! 7:01PM It&#39;s all foreign to me Ginola and Ronaldo (the fat one) are having a chat on stage in English, but all I can hear is the French translation. Which is frustrating to say the least. Don&#39;t worry, you&#39;re not missing much. 6:58PM Video montage The real (fat) Ronaldo has just been chatting with Ginola on stage and now they are showing a montage of Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar *Goals Galore*. The three blokes left in the running for this award are decent footballers by the looks of it. 6:55PM We&#39;re live The ceremony - which is taking place in the Eiffel Tower - has just begun, hosted by David Ginola (he&#39;s the one on the right). Credit: jeff gilbert 6:47PM Podium We&#39;re down to the business end of the night and, unsurprisingly, it&#39;s the three biggest names in world football left in the running. Tense? Hell yes, it&#39;s tense. You can could the tension with a knife. 6:37PM Number 4 As expected, it&#39;s the veteran Italian goalkeeper just missing out on the podium. Final ranking of Ballon d&#39;Or France Football 2017 : 4th - GIANLUIGI BUFFON Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/ciBbnPcmvl— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:37PM Having a party Jamie Vardy finished eighth in these awards last year. One place behind Riyad Mahrez and two behind Gareth Bale. How times change, eh? 6:32PM Number 5 Another one bites the dust. I bet 10p that Buffon is the next name drawn out of the hat. Final ranking of Ballon d&#39;Or France Football 2017 : 5th - LUKA MODRIC Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/0dpSAJp8rG— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:27PM Number 6 The final defender is out of the running: Final ranking of Ballon d&#39;Or France Football 2017 : 6th - SERGIO RAMOS Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/NvfC70rzVM— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 Which leaves these five to fight it out for the top spots: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus) Lionel Messi (Barcelona) Luka Modric (Real Madrid) Neymar (PSG) Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 6:15PM Number 7 Final ranking of Ballon d&#39;Or France Football 2017 : 7th - KYLIAN MBAPPÉ Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/hleLhPKNwn— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:15PM The big two How do Ronaldo and Messi compare? Well, in terms of goals and goals alone their tally for 2017 is this: Ronaldo - 52 Messi - 49 Ronaldo also became the first man to score in all six Champions League group games last night. Although presumably he&#39;d already been told he was going to win this award before that match. If he has indeed won (ahem...). And if he has indeed been told (ahem...). Ronaldo vs Messi: How individual awards compare 6:09PM What even is this? You may be wondering what this whole thing is about. Didn&#39;t Ronaldo win the Fifa Best Player the other week? Allow this handy box to explain: What is the difference between the Ballon dOr and Fifa Best Player? 6:07PM Number 8 Final ranking of Ballon d&#39;Or France Football 2017 : 8th - N&#39;GOLO KANTÉ Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/tyTqvL63FU— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:03PM Number 9 Coming thick and fast now: Final ranking of Ballon d&#39;Or France Football 2017 : 9th - ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/3ewpVG6atX— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:02PM Nooooooooooooooooo Harry Kane will not become the first English Ballon d&#39;Or winner since Michael Owen in 2001: Final ranking of Ballon d&#39;Or France Football 2017 : 10th - HARRY KANE Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/S8xVHVM8eF— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 Any mention of Michael Owen is an excuse to post this: I want to like Michael Owen, I really do, but...https://ec.yimg.com/ec?url=http%3a%2f%2ft.co%2fthAxcyTiqf%e2%80%94&t=1513002940&sig=u4SHxO76GcWSOJfKC3U3LQ--~D Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) December 2, 2014 5:59PM What happens now? We are expecting the winner to be announced at around 6.45pm (GMT) with the rest of the top 10 revealed in the lead up to THE BIG MOMENT. We already know the identity of the remaining 10 players still in the running to win the 2017 Ballon d&#39;Or: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus) Harry Kane (Tottenham) N’Golo Kante (Chelsea) Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) Kylian Mbappe (PSG) Lionel Messi (Barcelona) Luka Modric (Real Madrid) Neymar (PSG) Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 5:52PM Results The results are in! Well, some of the results anyway. France Football (the French publication that is behind the Ballon d&#39;Or) has been counting down 2017&#39;s best footballers from number 30 and they have just reached the top 10. I shall bring you up to speed: 29 - Dries Mertens and Philippe Coutinho 28 - Edin Dzeko 27 - Mats Hummels 26 - Jan Oblak 25 - Karin Benzema 24 - Radamel Falcao 23 - Sadio Mane 21 - Leonardo Bonucci and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 20 - David De Gea 19 - Eden Hazard 18 - Antoine Griezmann 17 - Toni Kroos 16 - Marcelo 15 - Paulo Dybala 14 - Kevin De Bruyne 13 - Luis Suarez 12 - Isco 11 - Edinson Cavani Which means... HARRY KANE COULD STILL WIN THE BALLON D&#39;OR!!!!!!!!! Credit: action images 5:43PM Who should win? But fear not. This is not a done deal (it actually is). The winner is yet to be confirmed (it&#39;s Ronaldo). We could have an unexpected winner from left-field (but we won&#39;t). Who do you think triumph? Vote NOW. 5:41PM Ron the way to Paris Of course, the spoilers began yesterday when this story broke: Cristiano Ronaldo leaked boot suggests he will beat Lionel Messi and claim fifth Ballon d&#39;Or If the boots say it, it must be true. Fast-forward to today and CR7 and family have been documenting their flight to Paris for the Ballon d&#39;Or ceremony: Exhibit 1 Flying in style!!������ A post shared by Cristiano Ronaldo (@cristiano) on Dec 7, 2017 at 5:09am PST Exhibit 2 (courtesy of Mrs Ron) De camino a París para el Balón de Oro con la familia ❤️ #balondeoro #CR7 A post shared by Georgina Rodríguez (@georginagio) on Dec 7, 2017 at 5:13am PST 5:32PM Welcome Hello. It&#39;s Ballon d&#39;Or time. Excited? Sweet as a nut. Lest you have allowed recent results to slip your mind, here is a handy reminder: 2008: Ronaldo 2009: Messi 2010: Messi 2011: Messi 2012: Messi 2013: Ronaldo 2014: Ronaldo 2015: Messi 2016: Ronaldo Spot a theme? For almost a decade, the upper echelons of global football have been dominated by two men and this year has been no different. It&#39;s a two-horse race between the sport&#39;s two superstars. Ballon DOr | Wins by player So who will add to their collection tonight? (Spoiler: Cristiano Ronaldo) Stay right here to find out the answer. (The answer is Cristiano Ronaldo)
Ballon d'Or 2017: Cristiano Ronaldo wins award for the fifth time
Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Ballon d'Or for a fifth time to move level with rival Lionel Messi. The Real Madrid forward was named the winner of France Football's prestigious award at a ceremony in Paris on Thursday. Ronaldo, 32, previously won the award in 2008, 2013, 2014 and 2016. Messi finished second in the voting while Neymar, who joined Paris St Germain in a world-record transfer deal this summer, was third. Chelsea's N'Golo Kante was eighth in the voting, the highest-placed of the seven Premier League players nominated. Ronaldo has had an outstanding 2017, helping Madrid to a La Liga, Champions League and Spanish Super Cup treble this year. The Portugal international has scored a total of 49 goals in all competitions for club and country, and became the first player in Champions League history to score in each of his club's group-stage matches. Ronaldo and Messi have won the Ballon d'Or between them every year since 2008. Kante finished eighth, two places ahead of Tottenham's Harry Kane. Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne was 14th, Chelsea Eden Hazard 19th and Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea 20th. Liverpool pair Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho were 23rd and 29th respectively. 7:34PM It's official Second place: Lionel Messi Third place: Neymar 7:30PM No runner-up? This is from France Football's own website. The website behind these awards... 7:22PM The wait goes on It's not hugely relevant, but I feel it would provide some closure to know who finished second and who came third out of Messi and Neymar. France Football seem not to know the result, despite the fact that they are the organisation behind this award. 7:18PM From the horse's mouth Congratulations @Cristiano for your fifth #BallondOr! ������ #EiffelTowerpic.twitter.com/HX4hoePi9g— La tour Eiffel (@LaTourEiffel) December 7, 2017 7:11PM Numbers 2 and 3? Strangely, they have not yet announced who finished second and who was third. I bet Lionel Messi and Neymar are on tenterhooks... 7:09PM Family affair Ronaldo has just been joined on stage by his mother and son. 7:07PM Here is your winner Cristiano Ronaldo Ballon d’Or @francefootball 2017 ! #BallondOrpic.twitter.com/XbPS7anVRL— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 7:05PM The money shot Blimey, that happened rather quickly. One minute they were chatting on stage and the next they were zooming in from a distant shot of the Eiffel Tower. As they get closer, a man in a tuxedo appears. He is facing the wrong way. Who is this man? The camera moves closer. Is it James Bond? He's turning around. He's holding something. IT'S CRISTIANO RONALDO! 7:03PM AND THE WINNER IS... Cristiano Ronaldo! 7:01PM It's all foreign to me Ginola and Ronaldo (the fat one) are having a chat on stage in English, but all I can hear is the French translation. Which is frustrating to say the least. Don't worry, you're not missing much. 6:58PM Video montage The real (fat) Ronaldo has just been chatting with Ginola on stage and now they are showing a montage of Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar *Goals Galore*. The three blokes left in the running for this award are decent footballers by the looks of it. 6:55PM We're live The ceremony - which is taking place in the Eiffel Tower - has just begun, hosted by David Ginola (he's the one on the right). Credit: jeff gilbert 6:47PM Podium We're down to the business end of the night and, unsurprisingly, it's the three biggest names in world football left in the running. Tense? Hell yes, it's tense. You can could the tension with a knife. 6:37PM Number 4 As expected, it's the veteran Italian goalkeeper just missing out on the podium. Final ranking of Ballon d'Or France Football 2017 : 4th - GIANLUIGI BUFFON Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/ciBbnPcmvl— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:37PM Having a party Jamie Vardy finished eighth in these awards last year. One place behind Riyad Mahrez and two behind Gareth Bale. How times change, eh? 6:32PM Number 5 Another one bites the dust. I bet 10p that Buffon is the next name drawn out of the hat. Final ranking of Ballon d'Or France Football 2017 : 5th - LUKA MODRIC Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/0dpSAJp8rG— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:27PM Number 6 The final defender is out of the running: Final ranking of Ballon d'Or France Football 2017 : 6th - SERGIO RAMOS Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/NvfC70rzVM— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 Which leaves these five to fight it out for the top spots: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus) Lionel Messi (Barcelona) Luka Modric (Real Madrid) Neymar (PSG) Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 6:15PM Number 7 Final ranking of Ballon d'Or France Football 2017 : 7th - KYLIAN MBAPPÉ Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/hleLhPKNwn— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:15PM The big two How do Ronaldo and Messi compare? Well, in terms of goals and goals alone their tally for 2017 is this: Ronaldo - 52 Messi - 49 Ronaldo also became the first man to score in all six Champions League group games last night. Although presumably he'd already been told he was going to win this award before that match. If he has indeed won (ahem...). And if he has indeed been told (ahem...). Ronaldo vs Messi: How individual awards compare 6:09PM What even is this? You may be wondering what this whole thing is about. Didn't Ronaldo win the Fifa Best Player the other week? Allow this handy box to explain: What is the difference between the Ballon dOr and Fifa Best Player? 6:07PM Number 8 Final ranking of Ballon d'Or France Football 2017 : 8th - N'GOLO KANTÉ Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/tyTqvL63FU— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:03PM Number 9 Coming thick and fast now: Final ranking of Ballon d'Or France Football 2017 : 9th - ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/3ewpVG6atX— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:02PM Nooooooooooooooooo Harry Kane will not become the first English Ballon d'Or winner since Michael Owen in 2001: Final ranking of Ballon d'Or France Football 2017 : 10th - HARRY KANE Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/S8xVHVM8eF— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 Any mention of Michael Owen is an excuse to post this: I want to like Michael Owen, I really do, but...http://t.co/thAxcyTiqf— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) December 2, 2014 5:59PM What happens now? We are expecting the winner to be announced at around 6.45pm (GMT) with the rest of the top 10 revealed in the lead up to THE BIG MOMENT. We already know the identity of the remaining 10 players still in the running to win the 2017 Ballon d'Or: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus) Harry Kane (Tottenham) N’Golo Kante (Chelsea) Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) Kylian Mbappe (PSG) Lionel Messi (Barcelona) Luka Modric (Real Madrid) Neymar (PSG) Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 5:52PM Results The results are in! Well, some of the results anyway. France Football (the French publication that is behind the Ballon d'Or) has been counting down 2017's best footballers from number 30 and they have just reached the top 10. I shall bring you up to speed: 29 - Dries Mertens and Philippe Coutinho 28 - Edin Dzeko 27 - Mats Hummels 26 - Jan Oblak 25 - Karin Benzema 24 - Radamel Falcao 23 - Sadio Mane 21 - Leonardo Bonucci and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 20 - David De Gea 19 - Eden Hazard 18 - Antoine Griezmann 17 - Toni Kroos 16 - Marcelo 15 - Paulo Dybala 14 - Kevin De Bruyne 13 - Luis Suarez 12 - Isco 11 - Edinson Cavani Which means... HARRY KANE COULD STILL WIN THE BALLON D'OR!!!!!!!!! Credit: action images 5:43PM Who should win? But fear not. This is not a done deal (it actually is). The winner is yet to be confirmed (it's Ronaldo). We could have an unexpected winner from left-field (but we won't). Who do you think triumph? Vote NOW. 5:41PM Ron the way to Paris Of course, the spoilers began yesterday when this story broke: Cristiano Ronaldo leaked boot suggests he will beat Lionel Messi and claim fifth Ballon d'Or If the boots say it, it must be true. Fast-forward to today and CR7 and family have been documenting their flight to Paris for the Ballon d'Or ceremony: Exhibit 1 Flying in style!!������ A post shared by Cristiano Ronaldo (@cristiano) on Dec 7, 2017 at 5:09am PST Exhibit 2 (courtesy of Mrs Ron) De camino a París para el Balón de Oro con la familia ❤️ #balondeoro #CR7 A post shared by Georgina Rodríguez (@georginagio) on Dec 7, 2017 at 5:13am PST 5:32PM Welcome Hello. It's Ballon d'Or time. Excited? Sweet as a nut. Lest you have allowed recent results to slip your mind, here is a handy reminder: 2008: Ronaldo 2009: Messi 2010: Messi 2011: Messi 2012: Messi 2013: Ronaldo 2014: Ronaldo 2015: Messi 2016: Ronaldo Spot a theme? For almost a decade, the upper echelons of global football have been dominated by two men and this year has been no different. It's a two-horse race between the sport's two superstars. Ballon DOr | Wins by player So who will add to their collection tonight? (Spoiler: Cristiano Ronaldo) Stay right here to find out the answer. (The answer is Cristiano Ronaldo)
7:34PM It&#39;s official Second place: Lionel Messi Third place: Neymar 7:30PM No runner-up? This is from France Football&#39;s own website. The website behind these awards... 7:22PM The wait goes on It&#39;s not hugely relevant, but I feel it would provide some closure to know who finished second and who came third out of Messi and Neymar. France Football seem not to know the result, despite the fact that they are the organisation behind this award. 7:18PM From the horse&#39;s mouth Congratulations @Cristiano for your fifth #BallondOr! ������ #EiffelTowerpic.twitter.com/HX4hoePi9g— La tour Eiffel (@LaTourEiffel) December 7, 2017 7:11PM Numbers 2 and 3? Strangely, they have not yet announced who finished second and who was third. I bet Lionel Messi and Neymar are on tenterhooks... 7:09PM Family affair Ronaldo has just been joined on stage by his mother and son. 7:07PM Here is your winner Cristiano Ronaldo Ballon d’Or @francefootball 2017 ! #BallondOrpic.twitter.com/XbPS7anVRL— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 7:05PM The money shot Blimey, that happened rather quickly. One minute they were chatting on stage and the next they were zooming in from a distant shot of the Eiffel Tower. As they get closer, a man in a tuxedo appears. He is facing the wrong way. Who is this man? The camera moves closer. Is it James Bond? He&#39;s turning around. He&#39;s holding something. IT&#39;S CRISTIANO RONALDO! 7:03PM AND THE WINNER IS... Cristiano Ronaldo! 7:01PM It&#39;s all foreign to me Ginola and Ronaldo (the fat one) are having a chat on stage in English, but all I can hear is the French translation. Which is frustrating to say the least. Don&#39;t worry, you&#39;re not missing much. 6:58PM Video montage The real (fat) Ronaldo has just been chatting with Ginola on stage and now they are showing a montage of Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar *Goals Galore*. The three blokes left in the running for this award are decent footballers by the looks of it. 6:55PM We&#39;re live The ceremony - which is taking place in the Eiffel Tower - has just begun, hosted by David Ginola (he&#39;s the one on the right). Credit: jeff gilbert 6:47PM Podium We&#39;re down to the business end of the night and, unsurprisingly, it&#39;s the three biggest names in world football left in the running. Tense? Hell yes, it&#39;s tense. You can could the tension with a knife. 6:37PM Number 4 As expected, it&#39;s the veteran Italian goalkeeper just missing out on the podium. Final ranking of Ballon d&#39;Or France Football 2017 : 4th - GIANLUIGI BUFFON Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/ciBbnPcmvl— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:37PM Having a party Jamie Vardy finished eighth in these awards last year. One place behind Riyad Mahrez and two behind Gareth Bale. How times change, eh? 6:32PM Number 5 Another one bites the dust. I bet 10p that Buffon is the next name drawn out of the hat. Final ranking of Ballon d&#39;Or France Football 2017 : 5th - LUKA MODRIC Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/0dpSAJp8rG— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:27PM Number 6 The final defender is out of the running: Final ranking of Ballon d&#39;Or France Football 2017 : 6th - SERGIO RAMOS Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/NvfC70rzVM— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 Which leaves these five to fight it out for the top spots: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus) Lionel Messi (Barcelona) Luka Modric (Real Madrid) Neymar (PSG) Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 6:15PM Number 7 Final ranking of Ballon d&#39;Or France Football 2017 : 7th - KYLIAN MBAPPÉ Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/hleLhPKNwn— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:15PM The big two How do Ronaldo and Messi compare? Well, in terms of goals and goals alone their tally for 2017 is this: Ronaldo - 52 Messi - 49 Ronaldo also became the first man to score in all six Champions League group games last night. Although presumably he&#39;d already been told he was going to win this award before that match. If he has indeed won (ahem...). And if he has indeed been told (ahem...). Ronaldo vs Messi: How individual awards compare 6:09PM What even is this? You may be wondering what this whole thing is about. Didn&#39;t Ronaldo win the Fifa Best Player the other week? Allow this handy box to explain: What is the difference between the Ballon dOr and Fifa Best Player? 6:07PM Number 8 Final ranking of Ballon d&#39;Or France Football 2017 : 8th - N&#39;GOLO KANTÉ Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/tyTqvL63FU— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:03PM Number 9 Coming thick and fast now: Final ranking of Ballon d&#39;Or France Football 2017 : 9th - ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/3ewpVG6atX— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:02PM Nooooooooooooooooo Harry Kane will not become the first English Ballon d&#39;Or winner since Michael Owen in 2001: Final ranking of Ballon d&#39;Or France Football 2017 : 10th - HARRY KANE Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/S8xVHVM8eF— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 Any mention of Michael Owen is an excuse to post this: I want to like Michael Owen, I really do, but...https://ec.yimg.com/ec?url=http%3a%2f%2ft.co%2fthAxcyTiqf%e2%80%94&t=1513002940&sig=u4SHxO76GcWSOJfKC3U3LQ--~D Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) December 2, 2014 5:59PM What happens now? We are expecting the winner to be announced at around 6.45pm (GMT) with the rest of the top 10 revealed in the lead up to THE BIG MOMENT. We already know the identity of the remaining 10 players still in the running to win the 2017 Ballon d&#39;Or: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus) Harry Kane (Tottenham) N’Golo Kante (Chelsea) Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) Kylian Mbappe (PSG) Lionel Messi (Barcelona) Luka Modric (Real Madrid) Neymar (PSG) Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 5:52PM Results The results are in! Well, some of the results anyway. France Football (the French publication that is behind the Ballon d&#39;Or) has been counting down 2017&#39;s best footballers from number 30 and they have just reached the top 10. I shall bring you up to speed: 29 - Dries Mertens and Philippe Coutinho 28 - Edin Dzeko 27 - Mats Hummels 26 - Jan Oblak 25 - Karin Benzema 24 - Radamel Falcao 23 - Sadio Mane 21 - Leonardo Bonucci and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 20 - David De Gea 19 - Eden Hazard 18 - Antoine Griezmann 17 - Toni Kroos 16 - Marcelo 15 - Paulo Dybala 14 - Kevin De Bruyne 13 - Luis Suarez 12 - Isco 11 - Edinson Cavani Which means... HARRY KANE COULD STILL WIN THE BALLON D&#39;OR!!!!!!!!! Credit: action images 5:43PM Who should win? But fear not. This is not a done deal (it actually is). The winner is yet to be confirmed (it&#39;s Ronaldo). We could have an unexpected winner from left-field (but we won&#39;t). Who do you think triumph? Vote NOW. 5:41PM Ron the way to Paris Of course, the spoilers began yesterday when this story broke: Cristiano Ronaldo leaked boot suggests he will beat Lionel Messi and claim fifth Ballon d&#39;Or If the boots say it, it must be true. Fast-forward to today and CR7 and family have been documenting their flight to Paris for the Ballon d&#39;Or ceremony: Exhibit 1 Flying in style!!������ A post shared by Cristiano Ronaldo (@cristiano) on Dec 7, 2017 at 5:09am PST Exhibit 2 (courtesy of Mrs Ron) De camino a París para el Balón de Oro con la familia ❤️ #balondeoro #CR7 A post shared by Georgina Rodríguez (@georginagio) on Dec 7, 2017 at 5:13am PST 5:32PM Welcome Hello. It&#39;s Ballon d&#39;Or time. Excited? Sweet as a nut. Lest you have allowed recent results to slip your mind, here is a handy reminder: 2008: Ronaldo 2009: Messi 2010: Messi 2011: Messi 2012: Messi 2013: Ronaldo 2014: Ronaldo 2015: Messi 2016: Ronaldo Spot a theme? For almost a decade, the upper echelons of global football have been dominated by two men and this year has been no different. It&#39;s a two-horse race between the sport&#39;s two superstars. Ballon DOr | Wins by player So who will add to their collection tonight? (Spoiler: Cristiano Ronaldo) Stay right here to find out the answer. (The answer is Cristiano Ronaldo)
Ballon d'Or 2017: Cristiano Ronaldo wins award for the fifth time
7:34PM It's official Second place: Lionel Messi Third place: Neymar 7:30PM No runner-up? This is from France Football's own website. The website behind these awards... 7:22PM The wait goes on It's not hugely relevant, but I feel it would provide some closure to know who finished second and who came third out of Messi and Neymar. France Football seem not to know the result, despite the fact that they are the organisation behind this award. 7:18PM From the horse's mouth Congratulations @Cristiano for your fifth #BallondOr! ������ #EiffelTowerpic.twitter.com/HX4hoePi9g— La tour Eiffel (@LaTourEiffel) December 7, 2017 7:11PM Numbers 2 and 3? Strangely, they have not yet announced who finished second and who was third. I bet Lionel Messi and Neymar are on tenterhooks... 7:09PM Family affair Ronaldo has just been joined on stage by his mother and son. 7:07PM Here is your winner Cristiano Ronaldo Ballon d’Or @francefootball 2017 ! #BallondOrpic.twitter.com/XbPS7anVRL— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 7:05PM The money shot Blimey, that happened rather quickly. One minute they were chatting on stage and the next they were zooming in from a distant shot of the Eiffel Tower. As they get closer, a man in a tuxedo appears. He is facing the wrong way. Who is this man? The camera moves closer. Is it James Bond? He's turning around. He's holding something. IT'S CRISTIANO RONALDO! 7:03PM AND THE WINNER IS... Cristiano Ronaldo! 7:01PM It's all foreign to me Ginola and Ronaldo (the fat one) are having a chat on stage in English, but all I can hear is the French translation. Which is frustrating to say the least. Don't worry, you're not missing much. 6:58PM Video montage The real (fat) Ronaldo has just been chatting with Ginola on stage and now they are showing a montage of Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar *Goals Galore*. The three blokes left in the running for this award are decent footballers by the looks of it. 6:55PM We're live The ceremony - which is taking place in the Eiffel Tower - has just begun, hosted by David Ginola (he's the one on the right). Credit: jeff gilbert 6:47PM Podium We're down to the business end of the night and, unsurprisingly, it's the three biggest names in world football left in the running. Tense? Hell yes, it's tense. You can could the tension with a knife. 6:37PM Number 4 As expected, it's the veteran Italian goalkeeper just missing out on the podium. Final ranking of Ballon d'Or France Football 2017 : 4th - GIANLUIGI BUFFON Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/ciBbnPcmvl— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:37PM Having a party Jamie Vardy finished eighth in these awards last year. One place behind Riyad Mahrez and two behind Gareth Bale. How times change, eh? 6:32PM Number 5 Another one bites the dust. I bet 10p that Buffon is the next name drawn out of the hat. Final ranking of Ballon d'Or France Football 2017 : 5th - LUKA MODRIC Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/0dpSAJp8rG— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:27PM Number 6 The final defender is out of the running: Final ranking of Ballon d'Or France Football 2017 : 6th - SERGIO RAMOS Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/NvfC70rzVM— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 Which leaves these five to fight it out for the top spots: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus) Lionel Messi (Barcelona) Luka Modric (Real Madrid) Neymar (PSG) Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 6:15PM Number 7 Final ranking of Ballon d'Or France Football 2017 : 7th - KYLIAN MBAPPÉ Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/hleLhPKNwn— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:15PM The big two How do Ronaldo and Messi compare? Well, in terms of goals and goals alone their tally for 2017 is this: Ronaldo - 52 Messi - 49 Ronaldo also became the first man to score in all six Champions League group games last night. Although presumably he'd already been told he was going to win this award before that match. If he has indeed won (ahem...). And if he has indeed been told (ahem...). Ronaldo vs Messi: How individual awards compare 6:09PM What even is this? You may be wondering what this whole thing is about. Didn't Ronaldo win the Fifa Best Player the other week? Allow this handy box to explain: What is the difference between the Ballon dOr and Fifa Best Player? 6:07PM Number 8 Final ranking of Ballon d'Or France Football 2017 : 8th - N'GOLO KANTÉ Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/tyTqvL63FU— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:03PM Number 9 Coming thick and fast now: Final ranking of Ballon d'Or France Football 2017 : 9th - ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/3ewpVG6atX— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:02PM Nooooooooooooooooo Harry Kane will not become the first English Ballon d'Or winner since Michael Owen in 2001: Final ranking of Ballon d'Or France Football 2017 : 10th - HARRY KANE Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/S8xVHVM8eF— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 Any mention of Michael Owen is an excuse to post this: I want to like Michael Owen, I really do, but...http://t.co/thAxcyTiqf— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) December 2, 2014 5:59PM What happens now? We are expecting the winner to be announced at around 6.45pm (GMT) with the rest of the top 10 revealed in the lead up to THE BIG MOMENT. We already know the identity of the remaining 10 players still in the running to win the 2017 Ballon d'Or: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus) Harry Kane (Tottenham) N’Golo Kante (Chelsea) Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) Kylian Mbappe (PSG) Lionel Messi (Barcelona) Luka Modric (Real Madrid) Neymar (PSG) Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 5:52PM Results The results are in! Well, some of the results anyway. France Football (the French publication that is behind the Ballon d'Or) has been counting down 2017's best footballers from number 30 and they have just reached the top 10. I shall bring you up to speed: 29 - Dries Mertens and Philippe Coutinho 28 - Edin Dzeko 27 - Mats Hummels 26 - Jan Oblak 25 - Karin Benzema 24 - Radamel Falcao 23 - Sadio Mane 21 - Leonardo Bonucci and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 20 - David De Gea 19 - Eden Hazard 18 - Antoine Griezmann 17 - Toni Kroos 16 - Marcelo 15 - Paulo Dybala 14 - Kevin De Bruyne 13 - Luis Suarez 12 - Isco 11 - Edinson Cavani Which means... HARRY KANE COULD STILL WIN THE BALLON D'OR!!!!!!!!! Credit: action images 5:43PM Who should win? But fear not. This is not a done deal (it actually is). The winner is yet to be confirmed (it's Ronaldo). We could have an unexpected winner from left-field (but we won't). Who do you think triumph? Vote NOW. 5:41PM Ron the way to Paris Of course, the spoilers began yesterday when this story broke: Cristiano Ronaldo leaked boot suggests he will beat Lionel Messi and claim fifth Ballon d'Or If the boots say it, it must be true. Fast-forward to today and CR7 and family have been documenting their flight to Paris for the Ballon d'Or ceremony: Exhibit 1 Flying in style!!������ A post shared by Cristiano Ronaldo (@cristiano) on Dec 7, 2017 at 5:09am PST Exhibit 2 (courtesy of Mrs Ron) De camino a París para el Balón de Oro con la familia ❤️ #balondeoro #CR7 A post shared by Georgina Rodríguez (@georginagio) on Dec 7, 2017 at 5:13am PST 5:32PM Welcome Hello. It's Ballon d'Or time. Excited? Sweet as a nut. Lest you have allowed recent results to slip your mind, here is a handy reminder: 2008: Ronaldo 2009: Messi 2010: Messi 2011: Messi 2012: Messi 2013: Ronaldo 2014: Ronaldo 2015: Messi 2016: Ronaldo Spot a theme? For almost a decade, the upper echelons of global football have been dominated by two men and this year has been no different. It's a two-horse race between the sport's two superstars. Ballon DOr | Wins by player So who will add to their collection tonight? (Spoiler: Cristiano Ronaldo) Stay right here to find out the answer. (The answer is Cristiano Ronaldo)
Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Ballon d&#39;Or for a fifth time to move level with rival Lionel Messi. The Real Madrid forward was named the winner of France Football&#39;s prestigious award at a ceremony in Paris on Thursday. Ronaldo, 32, previously won the award in 2008, 2013, 2014 and 2016. Messi finished second in the voting while Neymar, who joined Paris St Germain in a world-record transfer deal this summer, was third. Chelsea&#39;s N&#39;Golo Kante was eighth in the voting, the highest-placed of the seven Premier League players nominated. Ronaldo has had an outstanding 2017, helping Madrid to a La Liga, Champions League and Spanish Super Cup treble this year. The Portugal international has scored a total of 49 goals in all competitions for club and country, and became the first player in Champions League history to score in each of his club&#39;s group-stage matches. Ronaldo and Messi have won the Ballon d&#39;Or between them every year since 2008. Kante finished eighth, two places ahead of Tottenham&#39;s Harry Kane. Manchester City&#39;s Kevin De Bruyne was 14th, Chelsea Eden Hazard 19th and Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea 20th. Liverpool pair Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho were 23rd and 29th respectively. 7:34PM It&#39;s official Second place: Lionel Messi Third place: Neymar 7:30PM No runner-up? This is from France Football&#39;s own website. The website behind these awards... 7:22PM The wait goes on It&#39;s not hugely relevant, but I feel it would provide some closure to know who finished second and who came third out of Messi and Neymar. France Football seem not to know the result, despite the fact that they are the organisation behind this award. 7:18PM From the horse&#39;s mouth Congratulations @Cristiano for your fifth #BallondOr! ������ #EiffelTowerpic.twitter.com/HX4hoePi9g— La tour Eiffel (@LaTourEiffel) December 7, 2017 7:11PM Numbers 2 and 3? Strangely, they have not yet announced who finished second and who was third. I bet Lionel Messi and Neymar are on tenterhooks... 7:09PM Family affair Ronaldo has just been joined on stage by his mother and son. 7:07PM Here is your winner Cristiano Ronaldo Ballon d’Or @francefootball 2017 ! #BallondOrpic.twitter.com/XbPS7anVRL— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 7:05PM The money shot Blimey, that happened rather quickly. One minute they were chatting on stage and the next they were zooming in from a distant shot of the Eiffel Tower. As they get closer, a man in a tuxedo appears. He is facing the wrong way. Who is this man? The camera moves closer. Is it James Bond? He&#39;s turning around. He&#39;s holding something. IT&#39;S CRISTIANO RONALDO! 7:03PM AND THE WINNER IS... Cristiano Ronaldo! 7:01PM It&#39;s all foreign to me Ginola and Ronaldo (the fat one) are having a chat on stage in English, but all I can hear is the French translation. Which is frustrating to say the least. Don&#39;t worry, you&#39;re not missing much. 6:58PM Video montage The real (fat) Ronaldo has just been chatting with Ginola on stage and now they are showing a montage of Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar *Goals Galore*. The three blokes left in the running for this award are decent footballers by the looks of it. 6:55PM We&#39;re live The ceremony - which is taking place in the Eiffel Tower - has just begun, hosted by David Ginola (he&#39;s the one on the right). Credit: jeff gilbert 6:47PM Podium We&#39;re down to the business end of the night and, unsurprisingly, it&#39;s the three biggest names in world football left in the running. Tense? Hell yes, it&#39;s tense. You can could the tension with a knife. 6:37PM Number 4 As expected, it&#39;s the veteran Italian goalkeeper just missing out on the podium. Final ranking of Ballon d&#39;Or France Football 2017 : 4th - GIANLUIGI BUFFON Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/ciBbnPcmvl— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:37PM Having a party Jamie Vardy finished eighth in these awards last year. One place behind Riyad Mahrez and two behind Gareth Bale. How times change, eh? 6:32PM Number 5 Another one bites the dust. I bet 10p that Buffon is the next name drawn out of the hat. Final ranking of Ballon d&#39;Or France Football 2017 : 5th - LUKA MODRIC Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/0dpSAJp8rG— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:27PM Number 6 The final defender is out of the running: Final ranking of Ballon d&#39;Or France Football 2017 : 6th - SERGIO RAMOS Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/NvfC70rzVM— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 Which leaves these five to fight it out for the top spots: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus) Lionel Messi (Barcelona) Luka Modric (Real Madrid) Neymar (PSG) Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 6:15PM Number 7 Final ranking of Ballon d&#39;Or France Football 2017 : 7th - KYLIAN MBAPPÉ Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/hleLhPKNwn— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:15PM The big two How do Ronaldo and Messi compare? Well, in terms of goals and goals alone their tally for 2017 is this: Ronaldo - 52 Messi - 49 Ronaldo also became the first man to score in all six Champions League group games last night. Although presumably he&#39;d already been told he was going to win this award before that match. If he has indeed won (ahem...). And if he has indeed been told (ahem...). Ronaldo vs Messi: How individual awards compare 6:09PM What even is this? You may be wondering what this whole thing is about. Didn&#39;t Ronaldo win the Fifa Best Player the other week? Allow this handy box to explain: What is the difference between the Ballon dOr and Fifa Best Player? 6:07PM Number 8 Final ranking of Ballon d&#39;Or France Football 2017 : 8th - N&#39;GOLO KANTÉ Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/tyTqvL63FU— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:03PM Number 9 Coming thick and fast now: Final ranking of Ballon d&#39;Or France Football 2017 : 9th - ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/3ewpVG6atX— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:02PM Nooooooooooooooooo Harry Kane will not become the first English Ballon d&#39;Or winner since Michael Owen in 2001: Final ranking of Ballon d&#39;Or France Football 2017 : 10th - HARRY KANE Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/S8xVHVM8eF— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 Any mention of Michael Owen is an excuse to post this: I want to like Michael Owen, I really do, but...https://ec.yimg.com/ec?url=http%3a%2f%2ft.co%2fthAxcyTiqf%e2%80%94&t=1513002940&sig=u4SHxO76GcWSOJfKC3U3LQ--~D Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) December 2, 2014 5:59PM What happens now? We are expecting the winner to be announced at around 6.45pm (GMT) with the rest of the top 10 revealed in the lead up to THE BIG MOMENT. We already know the identity of the remaining 10 players still in the running to win the 2017 Ballon d&#39;Or: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus) Harry Kane (Tottenham) N’Golo Kante (Chelsea) Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) Kylian Mbappe (PSG) Lionel Messi (Barcelona) Luka Modric (Real Madrid) Neymar (PSG) Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 5:52PM Results The results are in! Well, some of the results anyway. France Football (the French publication that is behind the Ballon d&#39;Or) has been counting down 2017&#39;s best footballers from number 30 and they have just reached the top 10. I shall bring you up to speed: 29 - Dries Mertens and Philippe Coutinho 28 - Edin Dzeko 27 - Mats Hummels 26 - Jan Oblak 25 - Karin Benzema 24 - Radamel Falcao 23 - Sadio Mane 21 - Leonardo Bonucci and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 20 - David De Gea 19 - Eden Hazard 18 - Antoine Griezmann 17 - Toni Kroos 16 - Marcelo 15 - Paulo Dybala 14 - Kevin De Bruyne 13 - Luis Suarez 12 - Isco 11 - Edinson Cavani Which means... HARRY KANE COULD STILL WIN THE BALLON D&#39;OR!!!!!!!!! Credit: action images 5:43PM Who should win? But fear not. This is not a done deal (it actually is). The winner is yet to be confirmed (it&#39;s Ronaldo). We could have an unexpected winner from left-field (but we won&#39;t). Who do you think triumph? Vote NOW. 5:41PM Ron the way to Paris Of course, the spoilers began yesterday when this story broke: Cristiano Ronaldo leaked boot suggests he will beat Lionel Messi and claim fifth Ballon d&#39;Or If the boots say it, it must be true. Fast-forward to today and CR7 and family have been documenting their flight to Paris for the Ballon d&#39;Or ceremony: Exhibit 1 Flying in style!!������ A post shared by Cristiano Ronaldo (@cristiano) on Dec 7, 2017 at 5:09am PST Exhibit 2 (courtesy of Mrs Ron) De camino a París para el Balón de Oro con la familia ❤️ #balondeoro #CR7 A post shared by Georgina Rodríguez (@georginagio) on Dec 7, 2017 at 5:13am PST 5:32PM Welcome Hello. It&#39;s Ballon d&#39;Or time. Excited? Sweet as a nut. Lest you have allowed recent results to slip your mind, here is a handy reminder: 2008: Ronaldo 2009: Messi 2010: Messi 2011: Messi 2012: Messi 2013: Ronaldo 2014: Ronaldo 2015: Messi 2016: Ronaldo Spot a theme? For almost a decade, the upper echelons of global football have been dominated by two men and this year has been no different. It&#39;s a two-horse race between the sport&#39;s two superstars. Ballon DOr | Wins by player So who will add to their collection tonight? (Spoiler: Cristiano Ronaldo) Stay right here to find out the answer. (The answer is Cristiano Ronaldo)
Ballon d'Or 2017: Cristiano Ronaldo wins award for the fifth time
Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Ballon d'Or for a fifth time to move level with rival Lionel Messi. The Real Madrid forward was named the winner of France Football's prestigious award at a ceremony in Paris on Thursday. Ronaldo, 32, previously won the award in 2008, 2013, 2014 and 2016. Messi finished second in the voting while Neymar, who joined Paris St Germain in a world-record transfer deal this summer, was third. Chelsea's N'Golo Kante was eighth in the voting, the highest-placed of the seven Premier League players nominated. Ronaldo has had an outstanding 2017, helping Madrid to a La Liga, Champions League and Spanish Super Cup treble this year. The Portugal international has scored a total of 49 goals in all competitions for club and country, and became the first player in Champions League history to score in each of his club's group-stage matches. Ronaldo and Messi have won the Ballon d'Or between them every year since 2008. Kante finished eighth, two places ahead of Tottenham's Harry Kane. Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne was 14th, Chelsea Eden Hazard 19th and Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea 20th. Liverpool pair Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho were 23rd and 29th respectively. 7:34PM It's official Second place: Lionel Messi Third place: Neymar 7:30PM No runner-up? This is from France Football's own website. The website behind these awards... 7:22PM The wait goes on It's not hugely relevant, but I feel it would provide some closure to know who finished second and who came third out of Messi and Neymar. France Football seem not to know the result, despite the fact that they are the organisation behind this award. 7:18PM From the horse's mouth Congratulations @Cristiano for your fifth #BallondOr! ������ #EiffelTowerpic.twitter.com/HX4hoePi9g— La tour Eiffel (@LaTourEiffel) December 7, 2017 7:11PM Numbers 2 and 3? Strangely, they have not yet announced who finished second and who was third. I bet Lionel Messi and Neymar are on tenterhooks... 7:09PM Family affair Ronaldo has just been joined on stage by his mother and son. 7:07PM Here is your winner Cristiano Ronaldo Ballon d’Or @francefootball 2017 ! #BallondOrpic.twitter.com/XbPS7anVRL— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 7:05PM The money shot Blimey, that happened rather quickly. One minute they were chatting on stage and the next they were zooming in from a distant shot of the Eiffel Tower. As they get closer, a man in a tuxedo appears. He is facing the wrong way. Who is this man? The camera moves closer. Is it James Bond? He's turning around. He's holding something. IT'S CRISTIANO RONALDO! 7:03PM AND THE WINNER IS... Cristiano Ronaldo! 7:01PM It's all foreign to me Ginola and Ronaldo (the fat one) are having a chat on stage in English, but all I can hear is the French translation. Which is frustrating to say the least. Don't worry, you're not missing much. 6:58PM Video montage The real (fat) Ronaldo has just been chatting with Ginola on stage and now they are showing a montage of Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar *Goals Galore*. The three blokes left in the running for this award are decent footballers by the looks of it. 6:55PM We're live The ceremony - which is taking place in the Eiffel Tower - has just begun, hosted by David Ginola (he's the one on the right). Credit: jeff gilbert 6:47PM Podium We're down to the business end of the night and, unsurprisingly, it's the three biggest names in world football left in the running. Tense? Hell yes, it's tense. You can could the tension with a knife. 6:37PM Number 4 As expected, it's the veteran Italian goalkeeper just missing out on the podium. Final ranking of Ballon d'Or France Football 2017 : 4th - GIANLUIGI BUFFON Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/ciBbnPcmvl— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:37PM Having a party Jamie Vardy finished eighth in these awards last year. One place behind Riyad Mahrez and two behind Gareth Bale. How times change, eh? 6:32PM Number 5 Another one bites the dust. I bet 10p that Buffon is the next name drawn out of the hat. Final ranking of Ballon d'Or France Football 2017 : 5th - LUKA MODRIC Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/0dpSAJp8rG— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:27PM Number 6 The final defender is out of the running: Final ranking of Ballon d'Or France Football 2017 : 6th - SERGIO RAMOS Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/NvfC70rzVM— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 Which leaves these five to fight it out for the top spots: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus) Lionel Messi (Barcelona) Luka Modric (Real Madrid) Neymar (PSG) Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 6:15PM Number 7 Final ranking of Ballon d'Or France Football 2017 : 7th - KYLIAN MBAPPÉ Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/hleLhPKNwn— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:15PM The big two How do Ronaldo and Messi compare? Well, in terms of goals and goals alone their tally for 2017 is this: Ronaldo - 52 Messi - 49 Ronaldo also became the first man to score in all six Champions League group games last night. Although presumably he'd already been told he was going to win this award before that match. If he has indeed won (ahem...). And if he has indeed been told (ahem...). Ronaldo vs Messi: How individual awards compare 6:09PM What even is this? You may be wondering what this whole thing is about. Didn't Ronaldo win the Fifa Best Player the other week? Allow this handy box to explain: What is the difference between the Ballon dOr and Fifa Best Player? 6:07PM Number 8 Final ranking of Ballon d'Or France Football 2017 : 8th - N'GOLO KANTÉ Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/tyTqvL63FU— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:03PM Number 9 Coming thick and fast now: Final ranking of Ballon d'Or France Football 2017 : 9th - ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/3ewpVG6atX— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:02PM Nooooooooooooooooo Harry Kane will not become the first English Ballon d'Or winner since Michael Owen in 2001: Final ranking of Ballon d'Or France Football 2017 : 10th - HARRY KANE Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/S8xVHVM8eF— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 Any mention of Michael Owen is an excuse to post this: I want to like Michael Owen, I really do, but...http://t.co/thAxcyTiqf— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) December 2, 2014 5:59PM What happens now? We are expecting the winner to be announced at around 6.45pm (GMT) with the rest of the top 10 revealed in the lead up to THE BIG MOMENT. We already know the identity of the remaining 10 players still in the running to win the 2017 Ballon d'Or: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus) Harry Kane (Tottenham) N’Golo Kante (Chelsea) Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) Kylian Mbappe (PSG) Lionel Messi (Barcelona) Luka Modric (Real Madrid) Neymar (PSG) Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 5:52PM Results The results are in! Well, some of the results anyway. France Football (the French publication that is behind the Ballon d'Or) has been counting down 2017's best footballers from number 30 and they have just reached the top 10. I shall bring you up to speed: 29 - Dries Mertens and Philippe Coutinho 28 - Edin Dzeko 27 - Mats Hummels 26 - Jan Oblak 25 - Karin Benzema 24 - Radamel Falcao 23 - Sadio Mane 21 - Leonardo Bonucci and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 20 - David De Gea 19 - Eden Hazard 18 - Antoine Griezmann 17 - Toni Kroos 16 - Marcelo 15 - Paulo Dybala 14 - Kevin De Bruyne 13 - Luis Suarez 12 - Isco 11 - Edinson Cavani Which means... HARRY KANE COULD STILL WIN THE BALLON D'OR!!!!!!!!! Credit: action images 5:43PM Who should win? But fear not. This is not a done deal (it actually is). The winner is yet to be confirmed (it's Ronaldo). We could have an unexpected winner from left-field (but we won't). Who do you think triumph? Vote NOW. 5:41PM Ron the way to Paris Of course, the spoilers began yesterday when this story broke: Cristiano Ronaldo leaked boot suggests he will beat Lionel Messi and claim fifth Ballon d'Or If the boots say it, it must be true. Fast-forward to today and CR7 and family have been documenting their flight to Paris for the Ballon d'Or ceremony: Exhibit 1 Flying in style!!������ A post shared by Cristiano Ronaldo (@cristiano) on Dec 7, 2017 at 5:09am PST Exhibit 2 (courtesy of Mrs Ron) De camino a París para el Balón de Oro con la familia ❤️ #balondeoro #CR7 A post shared by Georgina Rodríguez (@georginagio) on Dec 7, 2017 at 5:13am PST 5:32PM Welcome Hello. It's Ballon d'Or time. Excited? Sweet as a nut. Lest you have allowed recent results to slip your mind, here is a handy reminder: 2008: Ronaldo 2009: Messi 2010: Messi 2011: Messi 2012: Messi 2013: Ronaldo 2014: Ronaldo 2015: Messi 2016: Ronaldo Spot a theme? For almost a decade, the upper echelons of global football have been dominated by two men and this year has been no different. It's a two-horse race between the sport's two superstars. Ballon DOr | Wins by player So who will add to their collection tonight? (Spoiler: Cristiano Ronaldo) Stay right here to find out the answer. (The answer is Cristiano Ronaldo)
Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Ballon d&#39;Or for a fifth time to move level with rival Lionel Messi. The Real Madrid forward was named the winner of France Football&#39;s prestigious award at a ceremony in Paris on Thursday. Ronaldo, 32, previously won the award in 2008, 2013, 2014 and 2016. Messi finished second in the voting while Neymar, who joined Paris St Germain in a world-record transfer deal this summer, was third. Chelsea&#39;s N&#39;Golo Kante was eighth in the voting, the highest-placed of the seven Premier League players nominated. Ronaldo has had an outstanding 2017, helping Madrid to a La Liga, Champions League and Spanish Super Cup treble this year. The Portugal international has scored a total of 49 goals in all competitions for club and country, and became the first player in Champions League history to score in each of his club&#39;s group-stage matches. Ronaldo and Messi have won the Ballon d&#39;Or between them every year since 2008. Kante finished eighth, two places ahead of Tottenham&#39;s Harry Kane. Manchester City&#39;s Kevin De Bruyne was 14th, Chelsea Eden Hazard 19th and Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea 20th. Liverpool pair Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho were 23rd and 29th respectively. 7:34PM It&#39;s official Second place: Lionel Messi Third place: Neymar 7:30PM No runner-up? This is from France Football&#39;s own website. The website behind these awards... 7:22PM The wait goes on It&#39;s not hugely relevant, but I feel it would provide some closure to know who finished second and who came third out of Messi and Neymar. France Football seem not to know the result, despite the fact that they are the organisation behind this award. 7:18PM From the horse&#39;s mouth Congratulations @Cristiano for your fifth #BallondOr! ������ #EiffelTowerpic.twitter.com/HX4hoePi9g— La tour Eiffel (@LaTourEiffel) December 7, 2017 7:11PM Numbers 2 and 3? Strangely, they have not yet announced who finished second and who was third. I bet Lionel Messi and Neymar are on tenterhooks... 7:09PM Family affair Ronaldo has just been joined on stage by his mother and son. 7:07PM Here is your winner Cristiano Ronaldo Ballon d’Or @francefootball 2017 ! #BallondOrpic.twitter.com/XbPS7anVRL— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 7:05PM The money shot Blimey, that happened rather quickly. One minute they were chatting on stage and the next they were zooming in from a distant shot of the Eiffel Tower. As they get closer, a man in a tuxedo appears. He is facing the wrong way. Who is this man? The camera moves closer. Is it James Bond? He&#39;s turning around. He&#39;s holding something. IT&#39;S CRISTIANO RONALDO! 7:03PM AND THE WINNER IS... Cristiano Ronaldo! 7:01PM It&#39;s all foreign to me Ginola and Ronaldo (the fat one) are having a chat on stage in English, but all I can hear is the French translation. Which is frustrating to say the least. Don&#39;t worry, you&#39;re not missing much. 6:58PM Video montage The real (fat) Ronaldo has just been chatting with Ginola on stage and now they are showing a montage of Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar *Goals Galore*. The three blokes left in the running for this award are decent footballers by the looks of it. 6:55PM We&#39;re live The ceremony - which is taking place in the Eiffel Tower - has just begun, hosted by David Ginola (he&#39;s the one on the right). Credit: jeff gilbert 6:47PM Podium We&#39;re down to the business end of the night and, unsurprisingly, it&#39;s the three biggest names in world football left in the running. Tense? Hell yes, it&#39;s tense. You can could the tension with a knife. 6:37PM Number 4 As expected, it&#39;s the veteran Italian goalkeeper just missing out on the podium. Final ranking of Ballon d&#39;Or France Football 2017 : 4th - GIANLUIGI BUFFON Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/ciBbnPcmvl— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:37PM Having a party Jamie Vardy finished eighth in these awards last year. One place behind Riyad Mahrez and two behind Gareth Bale. How times change, eh? 6:32PM Number 5 Another one bites the dust. I bet 10p that Buffon is the next name drawn out of the hat. Final ranking of Ballon d&#39;Or France Football 2017 : 5th - LUKA MODRIC Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/0dpSAJp8rG— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:27PM Number 6 The final defender is out of the running: Final ranking of Ballon d&#39;Or France Football 2017 : 6th - SERGIO RAMOS Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/NvfC70rzVM— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 Which leaves these five to fight it out for the top spots: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus) Lionel Messi (Barcelona) Luka Modric (Real Madrid) Neymar (PSG) Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 6:15PM Number 7 Final ranking of Ballon d&#39;Or France Football 2017 : 7th - KYLIAN MBAPPÉ Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/hleLhPKNwn— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:15PM The big two How do Ronaldo and Messi compare? Well, in terms of goals and goals alone their tally for 2017 is this: Ronaldo - 52 Messi - 49 Ronaldo also became the first man to score in all six Champions League group games last night. Although presumably he&#39;d already been told he was going to win this award before that match. If he has indeed won (ahem...). And if he has indeed been told (ahem...). Ronaldo vs Messi: How individual awards compare 6:09PM What even is this? You may be wondering what this whole thing is about. Didn&#39;t Ronaldo win the Fifa Best Player the other week? Allow this handy box to explain: What is the difference between the Ballon dOr and Fifa Best Player? 6:07PM Number 8 Final ranking of Ballon d&#39;Or France Football 2017 : 8th - N&#39;GOLO KANTÉ Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/tyTqvL63FU— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:03PM Number 9 Coming thick and fast now: Final ranking of Ballon d&#39;Or France Football 2017 : 9th - ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/3ewpVG6atX— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:02PM Nooooooooooooooooo Harry Kane will not become the first English Ballon d&#39;Or winner since Michael Owen in 2001: Final ranking of Ballon d&#39;Or France Football 2017 : 10th - HARRY KANE Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/S8xVHVM8eF— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 Any mention of Michael Owen is an excuse to post this: I want to like Michael Owen, I really do, but...https://ec.yimg.com/ec?url=http%3a%2f%2ft.co%2fthAxcyTiqf%e2%80%94&t=1513002940&sig=u4SHxO76GcWSOJfKC3U3LQ--~D Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) December 2, 2014 5:59PM What happens now? We are expecting the winner to be announced at around 6.45pm (GMT) with the rest of the top 10 revealed in the lead up to THE BIG MOMENT. We already know the identity of the remaining 10 players still in the running to win the 2017 Ballon d&#39;Or: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus) Harry Kane (Tottenham) N’Golo Kante (Chelsea) Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) Kylian Mbappe (PSG) Lionel Messi (Barcelona) Luka Modric (Real Madrid) Neymar (PSG) Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 5:52PM Results The results are in! Well, some of the results anyway. France Football (the French publication that is behind the Ballon d&#39;Or) has been counting down 2017&#39;s best footballers from number 30 and they have just reached the top 10. I shall bring you up to speed: 29 - Dries Mertens and Philippe Coutinho 28 - Edin Dzeko 27 - Mats Hummels 26 - Jan Oblak 25 - Karin Benzema 24 - Radamel Falcao 23 - Sadio Mane 21 - Leonardo Bonucci and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 20 - David De Gea 19 - Eden Hazard 18 - Antoine Griezmann 17 - Toni Kroos 16 - Marcelo 15 - Paulo Dybala 14 - Kevin De Bruyne 13 - Luis Suarez 12 - Isco 11 - Edinson Cavani Which means... HARRY KANE COULD STILL WIN THE BALLON D&#39;OR!!!!!!!!! Credit: action images 5:43PM Who should win? But fear not. This is not a done deal (it actually is). The winner is yet to be confirmed (it&#39;s Ronaldo). We could have an unexpected winner from left-field (but we won&#39;t). Who do you think triumph? Vote NOW. 5:41PM Ron the way to Paris Of course, the spoilers began yesterday when this story broke: Cristiano Ronaldo leaked boot suggests he will beat Lionel Messi and claim fifth Ballon d&#39;Or If the boots say it, it must be true. Fast-forward to today and CR7 and family have been documenting their flight to Paris for the Ballon d&#39;Or ceremony: Exhibit 1 Flying in style!!������ A post shared by Cristiano Ronaldo (@cristiano) on Dec 7, 2017 at 5:09am PST Exhibit 2 (courtesy of Mrs Ron) De camino a París para el Balón de Oro con la familia ❤️ #balondeoro #CR7 A post shared by Georgina Rodríguez (@georginagio) on Dec 7, 2017 at 5:13am PST 5:32PM Welcome Hello. It&#39;s Ballon d&#39;Or time. Excited? Sweet as a nut. Lest you have allowed recent results to slip your mind, here is a handy reminder: 2008: Ronaldo 2009: Messi 2010: Messi 2011: Messi 2012: Messi 2013: Ronaldo 2014: Ronaldo 2015: Messi 2016: Ronaldo Spot a theme? For almost a decade, the upper echelons of global football have been dominated by two men and this year has been no different. It&#39;s a two-horse race between the sport&#39;s two superstars. Ballon DOr | Wins by player So who will add to their collection tonight? (Spoiler: Cristiano Ronaldo) Stay right here to find out the answer. (The answer is Cristiano Ronaldo)
Ballon d'Or 2017: Cristiano Ronaldo wins award for the fifth time
Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Ballon d'Or for a fifth time to move level with rival Lionel Messi. The Real Madrid forward was named the winner of France Football's prestigious award at a ceremony in Paris on Thursday. Ronaldo, 32, previously won the award in 2008, 2013, 2014 and 2016. Messi finished second in the voting while Neymar, who joined Paris St Germain in a world-record transfer deal this summer, was third. Chelsea's N'Golo Kante was eighth in the voting, the highest-placed of the seven Premier League players nominated. Ronaldo has had an outstanding 2017, helping Madrid to a La Liga, Champions League and Spanish Super Cup treble this year. The Portugal international has scored a total of 49 goals in all competitions for club and country, and became the first player in Champions League history to score in each of his club's group-stage matches. Ronaldo and Messi have won the Ballon d'Or between them every year since 2008. Kante finished eighth, two places ahead of Tottenham's Harry Kane. Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne was 14th, Chelsea Eden Hazard 19th and Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea 20th. Liverpool pair Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho were 23rd and 29th respectively. 7:34PM It's official Second place: Lionel Messi Third place: Neymar 7:30PM No runner-up? This is from France Football's own website. The website behind these awards... 7:22PM The wait goes on It's not hugely relevant, but I feel it would provide some closure to know who finished second and who came third out of Messi and Neymar. France Football seem not to know the result, despite the fact that they are the organisation behind this award. 7:18PM From the horse's mouth Congratulations @Cristiano for your fifth #BallondOr! ������ #EiffelTowerpic.twitter.com/HX4hoePi9g— La tour Eiffel (@LaTourEiffel) December 7, 2017 7:11PM Numbers 2 and 3? Strangely, they have not yet announced who finished second and who was third. I bet Lionel Messi and Neymar are on tenterhooks... 7:09PM Family affair Ronaldo has just been joined on stage by his mother and son. 7:07PM Here is your winner Cristiano Ronaldo Ballon d’Or @francefootball 2017 ! #BallondOrpic.twitter.com/XbPS7anVRL— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 7:05PM The money shot Blimey, that happened rather quickly. One minute they were chatting on stage and the next they were zooming in from a distant shot of the Eiffel Tower. As they get closer, a man in a tuxedo appears. He is facing the wrong way. Who is this man? The camera moves closer. Is it James Bond? He's turning around. He's holding something. IT'S CRISTIANO RONALDO! 7:03PM AND THE WINNER IS... Cristiano Ronaldo! 7:01PM It's all foreign to me Ginola and Ronaldo (the fat one) are having a chat on stage in English, but all I can hear is the French translation. Which is frustrating to say the least. Don't worry, you're not missing much. 6:58PM Video montage The real (fat) Ronaldo has just been chatting with Ginola on stage and now they are showing a montage of Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar *Goals Galore*. The three blokes left in the running for this award are decent footballers by the looks of it. 6:55PM We're live The ceremony - which is taking place in the Eiffel Tower - has just begun, hosted by David Ginola (he's the one on the right). Credit: jeff gilbert 6:47PM Podium We're down to the business end of the night and, unsurprisingly, it's the three biggest names in world football left in the running. Tense? Hell yes, it's tense. You can could the tension with a knife. 6:37PM Number 4 As expected, it's the veteran Italian goalkeeper just missing out on the podium. Final ranking of Ballon d'Or France Football 2017 : 4th - GIANLUIGI BUFFON Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/ciBbnPcmvl— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:37PM Having a party Jamie Vardy finished eighth in these awards last year. One place behind Riyad Mahrez and two behind Gareth Bale. How times change, eh? 6:32PM Number 5 Another one bites the dust. I bet 10p that Buffon is the next name drawn out of the hat. Final ranking of Ballon d'Or France Football 2017 : 5th - LUKA MODRIC Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/0dpSAJp8rG— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:27PM Number 6 The final defender is out of the running: Final ranking of Ballon d'Or France Football 2017 : 6th - SERGIO RAMOS Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/NvfC70rzVM— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 Which leaves these five to fight it out for the top spots: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus) Lionel Messi (Barcelona) Luka Modric (Real Madrid) Neymar (PSG) Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 6:15PM Number 7 Final ranking of Ballon d'Or France Football 2017 : 7th - KYLIAN MBAPPÉ Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/hleLhPKNwn— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:15PM The big two How do Ronaldo and Messi compare? Well, in terms of goals and goals alone their tally for 2017 is this: Ronaldo - 52 Messi - 49 Ronaldo also became the first man to score in all six Champions League group games last night. Although presumably he'd already been told he was going to win this award before that match. If he has indeed won (ahem...). And if he has indeed been told (ahem...). Ronaldo vs Messi: How individual awards compare 6:09PM What even is this? You may be wondering what this whole thing is about. Didn't Ronaldo win the Fifa Best Player the other week? Allow this handy box to explain: What is the difference between the Ballon dOr and Fifa Best Player? 6:07PM Number 8 Final ranking of Ballon d'Or France Football 2017 : 8th - N'GOLO KANTÉ Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/tyTqvL63FU— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:03PM Number 9 Coming thick and fast now: Final ranking of Ballon d'Or France Football 2017 : 9th - ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/3ewpVG6atX— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:02PM Nooooooooooooooooo Harry Kane will not become the first English Ballon d'Or winner since Michael Owen in 2001: Final ranking of Ballon d'Or France Football 2017 : 10th - HARRY KANE Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/S8xVHVM8eF— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 Any mention of Michael Owen is an excuse to post this: I want to like Michael Owen, I really do, but...http://t.co/thAxcyTiqf— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) December 2, 2014 5:59PM What happens now? We are expecting the winner to be announced at around 6.45pm (GMT) with the rest of the top 10 revealed in the lead up to THE BIG MOMENT. We already know the identity of the remaining 10 players still in the running to win the 2017 Ballon d'Or: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus) Harry Kane (Tottenham) N’Golo Kante (Chelsea) Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) Kylian Mbappe (PSG) Lionel Messi (Barcelona) Luka Modric (Real Madrid) Neymar (PSG) Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 5:52PM Results The results are in! Well, some of the results anyway. France Football (the French publication that is behind the Ballon d'Or) has been counting down 2017's best footballers from number 30 and they have just reached the top 10. I shall bring you up to speed: 29 - Dries Mertens and Philippe Coutinho 28 - Edin Dzeko 27 - Mats Hummels 26 - Jan Oblak 25 - Karin Benzema 24 - Radamel Falcao 23 - Sadio Mane 21 - Leonardo Bonucci and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 20 - David De Gea 19 - Eden Hazard 18 - Antoine Griezmann 17 - Toni Kroos 16 - Marcelo 15 - Paulo Dybala 14 - Kevin De Bruyne 13 - Luis Suarez 12 - Isco 11 - Edinson Cavani Which means... HARRY KANE COULD STILL WIN THE BALLON D'OR!!!!!!!!! Credit: action images 5:43PM Who should win? But fear not. This is not a done deal (it actually is). The winner is yet to be confirmed (it's Ronaldo). We could have an unexpected winner from left-field (but we won't). Who do you think triumph? Vote NOW. 5:41PM Ron the way to Paris Of course, the spoilers began yesterday when this story broke: Cristiano Ronaldo leaked boot suggests he will beat Lionel Messi and claim fifth Ballon d'Or If the boots say it, it must be true. Fast-forward to today and CR7 and family have been documenting their flight to Paris for the Ballon d'Or ceremony: Exhibit 1 Flying in style!!������ A post shared by Cristiano Ronaldo (@cristiano) on Dec 7, 2017 at 5:09am PST Exhibit 2 (courtesy of Mrs Ron) De camino a París para el Balón de Oro con la familia ❤️ #balondeoro #CR7 A post shared by Georgina Rodríguez (@georginagio) on Dec 7, 2017 at 5:13am PST 5:32PM Welcome Hello. It's Ballon d'Or time. Excited? Sweet as a nut. Lest you have allowed recent results to slip your mind, here is a handy reminder: 2008: Ronaldo 2009: Messi 2010: Messi 2011: Messi 2012: Messi 2013: Ronaldo 2014: Ronaldo 2015: Messi 2016: Ronaldo Spot a theme? For almost a decade, the upper echelons of global football have been dominated by two men and this year has been no different. It's a two-horse race between the sport's two superstars. Ballon DOr | Wins by player So who will add to their collection tonight? (Spoiler: Cristiano Ronaldo) Stay right here to find out the answer. (The answer is Cristiano Ronaldo)
Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Ballon d&#39;Or for a fifth time to move level with rival Lionel Messi. The Real Madrid forward was named the winner of France Football&#39;s prestigious award at a ceremony in Paris on Thursday. Ronaldo, 32, previously won the award in 2008, 2013, 2014 and 2016. Messi finished second in the voting while Neymar, who joined Paris St Germain in a world-record transfer deal this summer, was third. Chelsea&#39;s N&#39;Golo Kante was eighth in the voting, the highest-placed of the seven Premier League players nominated. Ronaldo has had an outstanding 2017, helping Madrid to a La Liga, Champions League and Spanish Super Cup treble this year. The Portugal international has scored a total of 49 goals in all competitions for club and country, and became the first player in Champions League history to score in each of his club&#39;s group-stage matches. Ronaldo and Messi have won the Ballon d&#39;Or between them every year since 2008. Kante finished eighth, two places ahead of Tottenham&#39;s Harry Kane. Manchester City&#39;s Kevin De Bruyne was 14th, Chelsea Eden Hazard 19th and Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea 20th. Liverpool pair Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho were 23rd and 29th respectively. 7:34PM It&#39;s official Second place: Lionel Messi Third place: Neymar 7:30PM No runner-up? This is from France Football&#39;s own website. The website behind these awards... 7:22PM The wait goes on It&#39;s not hugely relevant, but I feel it would provide some closure to know who finished second and who came third out of Messi and Neymar. France Football seem not to know the result, despite the fact that they are the organisation behind this award. 7:18PM From the horse&#39;s mouth Congratulations @Cristiano for your fifth #BallondOr! ������ #EiffelTowerpic.twitter.com/HX4hoePi9g— La tour Eiffel (@LaTourEiffel) December 7, 2017 7:11PM Numbers 2 and 3? Strangely, they have not yet announced who finished second and who was third. I bet Lionel Messi and Neymar are on tenterhooks... 7:09PM Family affair Ronaldo has just been joined on stage by his mother and son. 7:07PM Here is your winner Cristiano Ronaldo Ballon d’Or @francefootball 2017 ! #BallondOrpic.twitter.com/XbPS7anVRL— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 7:05PM The money shot Blimey, that happened rather quickly. One minute they were chatting on stage and the next they were zooming in from a distant shot of the Eiffel Tower. As they get closer, a man in a tuxedo appears. He is facing the wrong way. Who is this man? The camera moves closer. Is it James Bond? He&#39;s turning around. He&#39;s holding something. IT&#39;S CRISTIANO RONALDO! 7:03PM AND THE WINNER IS... Cristiano Ronaldo! 7:01PM It&#39;s all foreign to me Ginola and Ronaldo (the fat one) are having a chat on stage in English, but all I can hear is the French translation. Which is frustrating to say the least. Don&#39;t worry, you&#39;re not missing much. 6:58PM Video montage The real (fat) Ronaldo has just been chatting with Ginola on stage and now they are showing a montage of Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar *Goals Galore*. The three blokes left in the running for this award are decent footballers by the looks of it. 6:55PM We&#39;re live The ceremony - which is taking place in the Eiffel Tower - has just begun, hosted by David Ginola (he&#39;s the one on the right). Credit: jeff gilbert 6:47PM Podium We&#39;re down to the business end of the night and, unsurprisingly, it&#39;s the three biggest names in world football left in the running. Tense? Hell yes, it&#39;s tense. You can could the tension with a knife. 6:37PM Number 4 As expected, it&#39;s the veteran Italian goalkeeper just missing out on the podium. Final ranking of Ballon d&#39;Or France Football 2017 : 4th - GIANLUIGI BUFFON Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/ciBbnPcmvl— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:37PM Having a party Jamie Vardy finished eighth in these awards last year. One place behind Riyad Mahrez and two behind Gareth Bale. How times change, eh? 6:32PM Number 5 Another one bites the dust. I bet 10p that Buffon is the next name drawn out of the hat. Final ranking of Ballon d&#39;Or France Football 2017 : 5th - LUKA MODRIC Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/0dpSAJp8rG— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:27PM Number 6 The final defender is out of the running: Final ranking of Ballon d&#39;Or France Football 2017 : 6th - SERGIO RAMOS Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/NvfC70rzVM— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 Which leaves these five to fight it out for the top spots: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus) Lionel Messi (Barcelona) Luka Modric (Real Madrid) Neymar (PSG) Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 6:15PM Number 7 Final ranking of Ballon d&#39;Or France Football 2017 : 7th - KYLIAN MBAPPÉ Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/hleLhPKNwn— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:15PM The big two How do Ronaldo and Messi compare? Well, in terms of goals and goals alone their tally for 2017 is this: Ronaldo - 52 Messi - 49 Ronaldo also became the first man to score in all six Champions League group games last night. Although presumably he&#39;d already been told he was going to win this award before that match. If he has indeed won (ahem...). And if he has indeed been told (ahem...). Ronaldo vs Messi: How individual awards compare 6:09PM What even is this? You may be wondering what this whole thing is about. Didn&#39;t Ronaldo win the Fifa Best Player the other week? Allow this handy box to explain: What is the difference between the Ballon dOr and Fifa Best Player? 6:07PM Number 8 Final ranking of Ballon d&#39;Or France Football 2017 : 8th - N&#39;GOLO KANTÉ Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/tyTqvL63FU— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:03PM Number 9 Coming thick and fast now: Final ranking of Ballon d&#39;Or France Football 2017 : 9th - ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/3ewpVG6atX— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:02PM Nooooooooooooooooo Harry Kane will not become the first English Ballon d&#39;Or winner since Michael Owen in 2001: Final ranking of Ballon d&#39;Or France Football 2017 : 10th - HARRY KANE Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/S8xVHVM8eF— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 Any mention of Michael Owen is an excuse to post this: I want to like Michael Owen, I really do, but...https://ec.yimg.com/ec?url=http%3a%2f%2ft.co%2fthAxcyTiqf%e2%80%94&t=1513002940&sig=u4SHxO76GcWSOJfKC3U3LQ--~D Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) December 2, 2014 5:59PM What happens now? We are expecting the winner to be announced at around 6.45pm (GMT) with the rest of the top 10 revealed in the lead up to THE BIG MOMENT. We already know the identity of the remaining 10 players still in the running to win the 2017 Ballon d&#39;Or: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus) Harry Kane (Tottenham) N’Golo Kante (Chelsea) Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) Kylian Mbappe (PSG) Lionel Messi (Barcelona) Luka Modric (Real Madrid) Neymar (PSG) Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 5:52PM Results The results are in! Well, some of the results anyway. France Football (the French publication that is behind the Ballon d&#39;Or) has been counting down 2017&#39;s best footballers from number 30 and they have just reached the top 10. I shall bring you up to speed: 29 - Dries Mertens and Philippe Coutinho 28 - Edin Dzeko 27 - Mats Hummels 26 - Jan Oblak 25 - Karin Benzema 24 - Radamel Falcao 23 - Sadio Mane 21 - Leonardo Bonucci and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 20 - David De Gea 19 - Eden Hazard 18 - Antoine Griezmann 17 - Toni Kroos 16 - Marcelo 15 - Paulo Dybala 14 - Kevin De Bruyne 13 - Luis Suarez 12 - Isco 11 - Edinson Cavani Which means... HARRY KANE COULD STILL WIN THE BALLON D&#39;OR!!!!!!!!! Credit: action images 5:43PM Who should win? But fear not. This is not a done deal (it actually is). The winner is yet to be confirmed (it&#39;s Ronaldo). We could have an unexpected winner from left-field (but we won&#39;t). Who do you think triumph? Vote NOW. 5:41PM Ron the way to Paris Of course, the spoilers began yesterday when this story broke: Cristiano Ronaldo leaked boot suggests he will beat Lionel Messi and claim fifth Ballon d&#39;Or If the boots say it, it must be true. Fast-forward to today and CR7 and family have been documenting their flight to Paris for the Ballon d&#39;Or ceremony: Exhibit 1 Flying in style!!������ A post shared by Cristiano Ronaldo (@cristiano) on Dec 7, 2017 at 5:09am PST Exhibit 2 (courtesy of Mrs Ron) De camino a París para el Balón de Oro con la familia ❤️ #balondeoro #CR7 A post shared by Georgina Rodríguez (@georginagio) on Dec 7, 2017 at 5:13am PST 5:32PM Welcome Hello. It&#39;s Ballon d&#39;Or time. Excited? Sweet as a nut. Lest you have allowed recent results to slip your mind, here is a handy reminder: 2008: Ronaldo 2009: Messi 2010: Messi 2011: Messi 2012: Messi 2013: Ronaldo 2014: Ronaldo 2015: Messi 2016: Ronaldo Spot a theme? For almost a decade, the upper echelons of global football have been dominated by two men and this year has been no different. It&#39;s a two-horse race between the sport&#39;s two superstars. Ballon DOr | Wins by player So who will add to their collection tonight? (Spoiler: Cristiano Ronaldo) Stay right here to find out the answer. (The answer is Cristiano Ronaldo)
Ballon d'Or 2017: Cristiano Ronaldo wins award for the fifth time
Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Ballon d'Or for a fifth time to move level with rival Lionel Messi. The Real Madrid forward was named the winner of France Football's prestigious award at a ceremony in Paris on Thursday. Ronaldo, 32, previously won the award in 2008, 2013, 2014 and 2016. Messi finished second in the voting while Neymar, who joined Paris St Germain in a world-record transfer deal this summer, was third. Chelsea's N'Golo Kante was eighth in the voting, the highest-placed of the seven Premier League players nominated. Ronaldo has had an outstanding 2017, helping Madrid to a La Liga, Champions League and Spanish Super Cup treble this year. The Portugal international has scored a total of 49 goals in all competitions for club and country, and became the first player in Champions League history to score in each of his club's group-stage matches. Ronaldo and Messi have won the Ballon d'Or between them every year since 2008. Kante finished eighth, two places ahead of Tottenham's Harry Kane. Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne was 14th, Chelsea Eden Hazard 19th and Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea 20th. Liverpool pair Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho were 23rd and 29th respectively. 7:34PM It's official Second place: Lionel Messi Third place: Neymar 7:30PM No runner-up? This is from France Football's own website. The website behind these awards... 7:22PM The wait goes on It's not hugely relevant, but I feel it would provide some closure to know who finished second and who came third out of Messi and Neymar. France Football seem not to know the result, despite the fact that they are the organisation behind this award. 7:18PM From the horse's mouth Congratulations @Cristiano for your fifth #BallondOr! ������ #EiffelTowerpic.twitter.com/HX4hoePi9g— La tour Eiffel (@LaTourEiffel) December 7, 2017 7:11PM Numbers 2 and 3? Strangely, they have not yet announced who finished second and who was third. I bet Lionel Messi and Neymar are on tenterhooks... 7:09PM Family affair Ronaldo has just been joined on stage by his mother and son. 7:07PM Here is your winner Cristiano Ronaldo Ballon d’Or @francefootball 2017 ! #BallondOrpic.twitter.com/XbPS7anVRL— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 7:05PM The money shot Blimey, that happened rather quickly. One minute they were chatting on stage and the next they were zooming in from a distant shot of the Eiffel Tower. As they get closer, a man in a tuxedo appears. He is facing the wrong way. Who is this man? The camera moves closer. Is it James Bond? He's turning around. He's holding something. IT'S CRISTIANO RONALDO! 7:03PM AND THE WINNER IS... Cristiano Ronaldo! 7:01PM It's all foreign to me Ginola and Ronaldo (the fat one) are having a chat on stage in English, but all I can hear is the French translation. Which is frustrating to say the least. Don't worry, you're not missing much. 6:58PM Video montage The real (fat) Ronaldo has just been chatting with Ginola on stage and now they are showing a montage of Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar *Goals Galore*. The three blokes left in the running for this award are decent footballers by the looks of it. 6:55PM We're live The ceremony - which is taking place in the Eiffel Tower - has just begun, hosted by David Ginola (he's the one on the right). Credit: jeff gilbert 6:47PM Podium We're down to the business end of the night and, unsurprisingly, it's the three biggest names in world football left in the running. Tense? Hell yes, it's tense. You can could the tension with a knife. 6:37PM Number 4 As expected, it's the veteran Italian goalkeeper just missing out on the podium. Final ranking of Ballon d'Or France Football 2017 : 4th - GIANLUIGI BUFFON Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/ciBbnPcmvl— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:37PM Having a party Jamie Vardy finished eighth in these awards last year. One place behind Riyad Mahrez and two behind Gareth Bale. How times change, eh? 6:32PM Number 5 Another one bites the dust. I bet 10p that Buffon is the next name drawn out of the hat. Final ranking of Ballon d'Or France Football 2017 : 5th - LUKA MODRIC Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/0dpSAJp8rG— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:27PM Number 6 The final defender is out of the running: Final ranking of Ballon d'Or France Football 2017 : 6th - SERGIO RAMOS Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/NvfC70rzVM— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 Which leaves these five to fight it out for the top spots: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus) Lionel Messi (Barcelona) Luka Modric (Real Madrid) Neymar (PSG) Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 6:15PM Number 7 Final ranking of Ballon d'Or France Football 2017 : 7th - KYLIAN MBAPPÉ Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/hleLhPKNwn— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:15PM The big two How do Ronaldo and Messi compare? Well, in terms of goals and goals alone their tally for 2017 is this: Ronaldo - 52 Messi - 49 Ronaldo also became the first man to score in all six Champions League group games last night. Although presumably he'd already been told he was going to win this award before that match. If he has indeed won (ahem...). And if he has indeed been told (ahem...). Ronaldo vs Messi: How individual awards compare 6:09PM What even is this? You may be wondering what this whole thing is about. Didn't Ronaldo win the Fifa Best Player the other week? Allow this handy box to explain: What is the difference between the Ballon dOr and Fifa Best Player? 6:07PM Number 8 Final ranking of Ballon d'Or France Football 2017 : 8th - N'GOLO KANTÉ Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/tyTqvL63FU— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:03PM Number 9 Coming thick and fast now: Final ranking of Ballon d'Or France Football 2017 : 9th - ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/3ewpVG6atX— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:02PM Nooooooooooooooooo Harry Kane will not become the first English Ballon d'Or winner since Michael Owen in 2001: Final ranking of Ballon d'Or France Football 2017 : 10th - HARRY KANE Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/S8xVHVM8eF— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 Any mention of Michael Owen is an excuse to post this: I want to like Michael Owen, I really do, but...http://t.co/thAxcyTiqf— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) December 2, 2014 5:59PM What happens now? We are expecting the winner to be announced at around 6.45pm (GMT) with the rest of the top 10 revealed in the lead up to THE BIG MOMENT. We already know the identity of the remaining 10 players still in the running to win the 2017 Ballon d'Or: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus) Harry Kane (Tottenham) N’Golo Kante (Chelsea) Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) Kylian Mbappe (PSG) Lionel Messi (Barcelona) Luka Modric (Real Madrid) Neymar (PSG) Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 5:52PM Results The results are in! Well, some of the results anyway. France Football (the French publication that is behind the Ballon d'Or) has been counting down 2017's best footballers from number 30 and they have just reached the top 10. I shall bring you up to speed: 29 - Dries Mertens and Philippe Coutinho 28 - Edin Dzeko 27 - Mats Hummels 26 - Jan Oblak 25 - Karin Benzema 24 - Radamel Falcao 23 - Sadio Mane 21 - Leonardo Bonucci and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 20 - David De Gea 19 - Eden Hazard 18 - Antoine Griezmann 17 - Toni Kroos 16 - Marcelo 15 - Paulo Dybala 14 - Kevin De Bruyne 13 - Luis Suarez 12 - Isco 11 - Edinson Cavani Which means... HARRY KANE COULD STILL WIN THE BALLON D'OR!!!!!!!!! Credit: action images 5:43PM Who should win? But fear not. This is not a done deal (it actually is). The winner is yet to be confirmed (it's Ronaldo). We could have an unexpected winner from left-field (but we won't). Who do you think triumph? Vote NOW. 5:41PM Ron the way to Paris Of course, the spoilers began yesterday when this story broke: Cristiano Ronaldo leaked boot suggests he will beat Lionel Messi and claim fifth Ballon d'Or If the boots say it, it must be true. Fast-forward to today and CR7 and family have been documenting their flight to Paris for the Ballon d'Or ceremony: Exhibit 1 Flying in style!!������ A post shared by Cristiano Ronaldo (@cristiano) on Dec 7, 2017 at 5:09am PST Exhibit 2 (courtesy of Mrs Ron) De camino a París para el Balón de Oro con la familia ❤️ #balondeoro #CR7 A post shared by Georgina Rodríguez (@georginagio) on Dec 7, 2017 at 5:13am PST 5:32PM Welcome Hello. It's Ballon d'Or time. Excited? Sweet as a nut. Lest you have allowed recent results to slip your mind, here is a handy reminder: 2008: Ronaldo 2009: Messi 2010: Messi 2011: Messi 2012: Messi 2013: Ronaldo 2014: Ronaldo 2015: Messi 2016: Ronaldo Spot a theme? For almost a decade, the upper echelons of global football have been dominated by two men and this year has been no different. It's a two-horse race between the sport's two superstars. Ballon DOr | Wins by player So who will add to their collection tonight? (Spoiler: Cristiano Ronaldo) Stay right here to find out the answer. (The answer is Cristiano Ronaldo)
Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Ballon d&#39;Or for a fifth time to move level with rival Lionel Messi. The Real Madrid forward was named the winner of France Football&#39;s prestigious award at a ceremony in Paris on Thursday. Ronaldo, 32, previously won the award in 2008, 2013, 2014 and 2016. Messi finished second in the voting while Neymar, who joined Paris St Germain in a world-record transfer deal this summer, was third. Chelsea&#39;s N&#39;Golo Kante was eighth in the voting, the highest-placed of the seven Premier League players nominated. Ronaldo has had an outstanding 2017, helping Madrid to a La Liga, Champions League and Spanish Super Cup treble this year. 7:34PM It&#39;s official Second place: Lionel Messi Third place: Neymar 7:30PM No runner-up? This is from France Football&#39;s own website. The website behind these awards... 7:22PM The wait goes on It&#39;s not hugely relevant, but I feel it would provide some closure to know who finished second and who came third out of Messi and Neymar. France Football seem not to know the result, despite the fact that they are the organisation behind this award. 7:18PM From the horse&#39;s mouth Congratulations @Cristiano for your fifth #BallondOr! ������ #EiffelTowerpic.twitter.com/HX4hoePi9g— La tour Eiffel (@LaTourEiffel) December 7, 2017 7:11PM Numbers 2 and 3? Strangely, they have not yet announced who finished second and who was third. I bet Lionel Messi and Neymar are on tenterhooks... 7:09PM Family affair Ronaldo has just been joined on stage by his mother and son. 7:07PM Here is your winner Cristiano Ronaldo Ballon d’Or @francefootball 2017 ! #BallondOrpic.twitter.com/XbPS7anVRL— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 7:05PM The money shot Blimey, that happened rather quickly. One minute they were chatting on stage and the next they were zooming in from a distant shot of the Eiffel Tower. As they get closer, a man in a tuxedo appears. He is facing the wrong way. Who is this man? The camera moves closer. Is it James Bond? He&#39;s turning around. He&#39;s holding something. IT&#39;S CRISTIANO RONALDO! 7:03PM AND THE WINNER IS... Cristiano Ronaldo! 7:01PM It&#39;s all foreign to me Ginola and Ronaldo (the fat one) are having a chat on stage in English, but all I can hear is the French translation. Which is frustrating to say the least. Don&#39;t worry, you&#39;re not missing much. 6:58PM Video montage The real (fat) Ronaldo has just been chatting with Ginola on stage and now they are showing a montage of Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar *Goals Galore*. The three blokes left in the running for this award are decent footballers by the looks of it. 6:55PM We&#39;re live The ceremony - which is taking place in the Eiffel Tower - has just begun, hosted by David Ginola (he&#39;s the one on the right). Credit: jeff gilbert 6:47PM Podium We&#39;re down to the business end of the night and, unsurprisingly, it&#39;s the three biggest names in world football left in the running. Tense? Hell yes, it&#39;s tense. You can could the tension with a knife. 6:37PM Number 4 As expected, it&#39;s the veteran Italian goalkeeper just missing out on the podium. Final ranking of Ballon d&#39;Or France Football 2017 : 4th - GIANLUIGI BUFFON Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/ciBbnPcmvl— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:37PM Having a party Jamie Vardy finished eighth in these awards last year. One place behind Riyad Mahrez and two behind Gareth Bale. How times change, eh? 6:32PM Number 5 Another one bites the dust. I bet 10p that Buffon is the next name drawn out of the hat. Final ranking of Ballon d&#39;Or France Football 2017 : 5th - LUKA MODRIC Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/0dpSAJp8rG— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:27PM Number 6 The final defender is out of the running: Final ranking of Ballon d&#39;Or France Football 2017 : 6th - SERGIO RAMOS Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/NvfC70rzVM— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 Which leaves these five to fight it out for the top spots: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus) Lionel Messi (Barcelona) Luka Modric (Real Madrid) Neymar (PSG) Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 6:15PM Number 7 Final ranking of Ballon d&#39;Or France Football 2017 : 7th - KYLIAN MBAPPÉ Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/hleLhPKNwn— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:15PM The big two How do Ronaldo and Messi compare? Well, in terms of goals and goals alone their tally for 2017 is this: Ronaldo - 52 Messi - 49 Ronaldo also became the first man to score in all six Champions League group games last night. Although presumably he&#39;d already been told he was going to win this award before that match. If he has indeed won (ahem...). And if he has indeed been told (ahem...). Ronaldo vs Messi: How individual awards compare 6:09PM What even is this? You may be wondering what this whole thing is about. Didn&#39;t Ronaldo win the Fifa Best Player the other week? Allow this handy box to explain: What is the difference between the Ballon dOr and Fifa Best Player? 6:07PM Number 8 Final ranking of Ballon d&#39;Or France Football 2017 : 8th - N&#39;GOLO KANTÉ Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/tyTqvL63FU— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:03PM Number 9 Coming thick and fast now: Final ranking of Ballon d&#39;Or France Football 2017 : 9th - ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/3ewpVG6atX— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:02PM Nooooooooooooooooo Harry Kane will not become the first English Ballon d&#39;Or winner since Michael Owen in 2001: Final ranking of Ballon d&#39;Or France Football 2017 : 10th - HARRY KANE Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/S8xVHVM8eF— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 Any mention of Michael Owen is an excuse to post this: I want to like Michael Owen, I really do, but...https://ec.yimg.com/ec?url=http%3a%2f%2ft.co%2fthAxcyTiqf%e2%80%94&t=1513002940&sig=u4SHxO76GcWSOJfKC3U3LQ--~D Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) December 2, 2014 5:59PM What happens now? We are expecting the winner to be announced at around 6.45pm (GMT) with the rest of the top 10 revealed in the lead up to THE BIG MOMENT. We already know the identity of the remaining 10 players still in the running to win the 2017 Ballon d&#39;Or: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus) Harry Kane (Tottenham) N’Golo Kante (Chelsea) Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) Kylian Mbappe (PSG) Lionel Messi (Barcelona) Luka Modric (Real Madrid) Neymar (PSG) Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 5:52PM Results The results are in! Well, some of the results anyway. France Football (the French publication that is behind the Ballon d&#39;Or) has been counting down 2017&#39;s best footballers from number 30 and they have just reached the top 10. I shall bring you up to speed: 29 - Dries Mertens and Philippe Coutinho 28 - Edin Dzeko 27 - Mats Hummels 26 - Jan Oblak 25 - Karin Benzema 24 - Radamel Falcao 23 - Sadio Mane 21 - Leonardo Bonucci and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 20 - David De Gea 19 - Eden Hazard 18 - Antoine Griezmann 17 - Toni Kroos 16 - Marcelo 15 - Paulo Dybala 14 - Kevin De Bruyne 13 - Luis Suarez 12 - Isco 11 - Edinson Cavani Which means... HARRY KANE COULD STILL WIN THE BALLON D&#39;OR!!!!!!!!! Credit: action images 5:43PM Who should win? But fear not. This is not a done deal (it actually is). The winner is yet to be confirmed (it&#39;s Ronaldo). We could have an unexpected winner from left-field (but we won&#39;t). Who do you think triumph? Vote NOW. 5:41PM Ron the way to Paris Of course, the spoilers began yesterday when this story broke: Cristiano Ronaldo leaked boot suggests he will beat Lionel Messi and claim fifth Ballon d&#39;Or If the boots say it, it must be true. Fast-forward to today and CR7 and family have been documenting their flight to Paris for the Ballon d&#39;Or ceremony: Exhibit 1 Flying in style!!������ A post shared by Cristiano Ronaldo (@cristiano) on Dec 7, 2017 at 5:09am PST Exhibit 2 (courtesy of Mrs Ron) De camino a París para el Balón de Oro con la familia ❤️ #balondeoro #CR7 A post shared by Georgina Rodríguez (@georginagio) on Dec 7, 2017 at 5:13am PST 5:32PM Welcome Hello. It&#39;s Ballon d&#39;Or time. Excited? Sweet as a nut. Lest you have allowed recent results to slip your mind, here is a handy reminder: 2008: Ronaldo 2009: Messi 2010: Messi 2011: Messi 2012: Messi 2013: Ronaldo 2014: Ronaldo 2015: Messi 2016: Ronaldo Spot a theme? For almost a decade, the upper echelons of global football have been dominated by two men and this year has been no different. It&#39;s a two-horse race between the sport&#39;s two superstars. Ballon DOr | Wins by player So who will add to their collection tonight? (Spoiler: Cristiano Ronaldo) Stay right here to find out the answer. (The answer is Cristiano Ronaldo)
Ballon d'Or 2017: Cristiano Ronaldo wins award for the fifth time
Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Ballon d'Or for a fifth time to move level with rival Lionel Messi. The Real Madrid forward was named the winner of France Football's prestigious award at a ceremony in Paris on Thursday. Ronaldo, 32, previously won the award in 2008, 2013, 2014 and 2016. Messi finished second in the voting while Neymar, who joined Paris St Germain in a world-record transfer deal this summer, was third. Chelsea's N'Golo Kante was eighth in the voting, the highest-placed of the seven Premier League players nominated. Ronaldo has had an outstanding 2017, helping Madrid to a La Liga, Champions League and Spanish Super Cup treble this year. 7:34PM It's official Second place: Lionel Messi Third place: Neymar 7:30PM No runner-up? This is from France Football's own website. The website behind these awards... 7:22PM The wait goes on It's not hugely relevant, but I feel it would provide some closure to know who finished second and who came third out of Messi and Neymar. France Football seem not to know the result, despite the fact that they are the organisation behind this award. 7:18PM From the horse's mouth Congratulations @Cristiano for your fifth #BallondOr! ������ #EiffelTowerpic.twitter.com/HX4hoePi9g— La tour Eiffel (@LaTourEiffel) December 7, 2017 7:11PM Numbers 2 and 3? Strangely, they have not yet announced who finished second and who was third. I bet Lionel Messi and Neymar are on tenterhooks... 7:09PM Family affair Ronaldo has just been joined on stage by his mother and son. 7:07PM Here is your winner Cristiano Ronaldo Ballon d’Or @francefootball 2017 ! #BallondOrpic.twitter.com/XbPS7anVRL— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 7:05PM The money shot Blimey, that happened rather quickly. One minute they were chatting on stage and the next they were zooming in from a distant shot of the Eiffel Tower. As they get closer, a man in a tuxedo appears. He is facing the wrong way. Who is this man? The camera moves closer. Is it James Bond? He's turning around. He's holding something. IT'S CRISTIANO RONALDO! 7:03PM AND THE WINNER IS... Cristiano Ronaldo! 7:01PM It's all foreign to me Ginola and Ronaldo (the fat one) are having a chat on stage in English, but all I can hear is the French translation. Which is frustrating to say the least. Don't worry, you're not missing much. 6:58PM Video montage The real (fat) Ronaldo has just been chatting with Ginola on stage and now they are showing a montage of Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar *Goals Galore*. The three blokes left in the running for this award are decent footballers by the looks of it. 6:55PM We're live The ceremony - which is taking place in the Eiffel Tower - has just begun, hosted by David Ginola (he's the one on the right). Credit: jeff gilbert 6:47PM Podium We're down to the business end of the night and, unsurprisingly, it's the three biggest names in world football left in the running. Tense? Hell yes, it's tense. You can could the tension with a knife. 6:37PM Number 4 As expected, it's the veteran Italian goalkeeper just missing out on the podium. Final ranking of Ballon d'Or France Football 2017 : 4th - GIANLUIGI BUFFON Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/ciBbnPcmvl— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:37PM Having a party Jamie Vardy finished eighth in these awards last year. One place behind Riyad Mahrez and two behind Gareth Bale. How times change, eh? 6:32PM Number 5 Another one bites the dust. I bet 10p that Buffon is the next name drawn out of the hat. Final ranking of Ballon d'Or France Football 2017 : 5th - LUKA MODRIC Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/0dpSAJp8rG— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:27PM Number 6 The final defender is out of the running: Final ranking of Ballon d'Or France Football 2017 : 6th - SERGIO RAMOS Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/NvfC70rzVM— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 Which leaves these five to fight it out for the top spots: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus) Lionel Messi (Barcelona) Luka Modric (Real Madrid) Neymar (PSG) Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 6:15PM Number 7 Final ranking of Ballon d'Or France Football 2017 : 7th - KYLIAN MBAPPÉ Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/hleLhPKNwn— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:15PM The big two How do Ronaldo and Messi compare? Well, in terms of goals and goals alone their tally for 2017 is this: Ronaldo - 52 Messi - 49 Ronaldo also became the first man to score in all six Champions League group games last night. Although presumably he'd already been told he was going to win this award before that match. If he has indeed won (ahem...). And if he has indeed been told (ahem...). Ronaldo vs Messi: How individual awards compare 6:09PM What even is this? You may be wondering what this whole thing is about. Didn't Ronaldo win the Fifa Best Player the other week? Allow this handy box to explain: What is the difference between the Ballon dOr and Fifa Best Player? 6:07PM Number 8 Final ranking of Ballon d'Or France Football 2017 : 8th - N'GOLO KANTÉ Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/tyTqvL63FU— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:03PM Number 9 Coming thick and fast now: Final ranking of Ballon d'Or France Football 2017 : 9th - ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/3ewpVG6atX— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:02PM Nooooooooooooooooo Harry Kane will not become the first English Ballon d'Or winner since Michael Owen in 2001: Final ranking of Ballon d'Or France Football 2017 : 10th - HARRY KANE Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/S8xVHVM8eF— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 Any mention of Michael Owen is an excuse to post this: I want to like Michael Owen, I really do, but...http://t.co/thAxcyTiqf— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) December 2, 2014 5:59PM What happens now? We are expecting the winner to be announced at around 6.45pm (GMT) with the rest of the top 10 revealed in the lead up to THE BIG MOMENT. We already know the identity of the remaining 10 players still in the running to win the 2017 Ballon d'Or: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus) Harry Kane (Tottenham) N’Golo Kante (Chelsea) Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) Kylian Mbappe (PSG) Lionel Messi (Barcelona) Luka Modric (Real Madrid) Neymar (PSG) Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 5:52PM Results The results are in! Well, some of the results anyway. France Football (the French publication that is behind the Ballon d'Or) has been counting down 2017's best footballers from number 30 and they have just reached the top 10. I shall bring you up to speed: 29 - Dries Mertens and Philippe Coutinho 28 - Edin Dzeko 27 - Mats Hummels 26 - Jan Oblak 25 - Karin Benzema 24 - Radamel Falcao 23 - Sadio Mane 21 - Leonardo Bonucci and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 20 - David De Gea 19 - Eden Hazard 18 - Antoine Griezmann 17 - Toni Kroos 16 - Marcelo 15 - Paulo Dybala 14 - Kevin De Bruyne 13 - Luis Suarez 12 - Isco 11 - Edinson Cavani Which means... HARRY KANE COULD STILL WIN THE BALLON D'OR!!!!!!!!! Credit: action images 5:43PM Who should win? But fear not. This is not a done deal (it actually is). The winner is yet to be confirmed (it's Ronaldo). We could have an unexpected winner from left-field (but we won't). Who do you think triumph? Vote NOW. 5:41PM Ron the way to Paris Of course, the spoilers began yesterday when this story broke: Cristiano Ronaldo leaked boot suggests he will beat Lionel Messi and claim fifth Ballon d'Or If the boots say it, it must be true. Fast-forward to today and CR7 and family have been documenting their flight to Paris for the Ballon d'Or ceremony: Exhibit 1 Flying in style!!������ A post shared by Cristiano Ronaldo (@cristiano) on Dec 7, 2017 at 5:09am PST Exhibit 2 (courtesy of Mrs Ron) De camino a París para el Balón de Oro con la familia ❤️ #balondeoro #CR7 A post shared by Georgina Rodríguez (@georginagio) on Dec 7, 2017 at 5:13am PST 5:32PM Welcome Hello. It's Ballon d'Or time. Excited? Sweet as a nut. Lest you have allowed recent results to slip your mind, here is a handy reminder: 2008: Ronaldo 2009: Messi 2010: Messi 2011: Messi 2012: Messi 2013: Ronaldo 2014: Ronaldo 2015: Messi 2016: Ronaldo Spot a theme? For almost a decade, the upper echelons of global football have been dominated by two men and this year has been no different. It's a two-horse race between the sport's two superstars. Ballon DOr | Wins by player So who will add to their collection tonight? (Spoiler: Cristiano Ronaldo) Stay right here to find out the answer. (The answer is Cristiano Ronaldo)
7:22PM The wait goes on It&#39;s not hugely relevant, but I feel it would provide some closure to know who finished second and who came third out of Messi and Neymar. France Football seem not to know the result, despite the fact that they are the organisation behind this award. 7:18PM From the horse&#39;s mouth Congratulations @Cristiano for your fifth #BallondOr! ������ #EiffelTowerpic.twitter.com/HX4hoePi9g— La tour Eiffel (@LaTourEiffel) December 7, 2017 7:11PM Numbers 2 and 3? Strangely, they have not yet announced who finished second and who was third. I bet Lionel Messi and Neymar are on tenterhooks... 7:09PM Family affair Ronaldo has just been joined on stage by his mother and son. 7:07PM Here is your winner Cristiano Ronaldo Ballon d’Or @francefootball 2017 ! #BallondOrpic.twitter.com/XbPS7anVRL— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 7:05PM The money shot Blimey, that happened rather quickly. One minute they were chatting on stage and the next they were zooming in from a distant shot of the Eiffel Tower. As they get closer, a man in a tuxedo appears. He is facing the wrong way. Who is this man? The camera moves closer. Is it James Bond? He&#39;s turning around. He&#39;s holding something. IT&#39;S CRISTIANO RONALDO! 7:03PM AND THE WINNER IS... Cristiano Ronaldo! 7:01PM It&#39;s all foreign to me Ginola and Ronaldo (the fat one) are having a chat on stage in English, but all I can hear is the French translation. Which is frustrating to say the least. Don&#39;t worry, you&#39;re not missing much. 6:58PM Video montage The real (fat) Ronaldo has just been chatting with Ginola on stage and now they are showing a montage of Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar *Goals Galore*. The three blokes left in the running for this award are decent footballers by the looks of it. 6:55PM We&#39;re live The ceremony - which is taking place in the Eiffel Tower - has just begun, hosted by David Ginola (he&#39;s the one on the right). Credit: jeff gilbert 6:47PM Podium We&#39;re down to the business end of the night and, unsurprisingly, it&#39;s the three biggest names in world football left in the running. Tense? Hell yes, it&#39;s tense. You can could the tension with a knife. 6:37PM Number 4 As expected, it&#39;s the veteran Italian goalkeeper just missing out on the podium. Final ranking of Ballon d&#39;Or France Football 2017 : 4th - GIANLUIGI BUFFON Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/ciBbnPcmvl— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:37PM Having a party Jamie Vardy finished eighth in these awards last year. One place behind Riyad Mahrez and two behind Gareth Bale. How times change, eh? 6:32PM Number 5 Another one bites the dust. I bet 10p that Buffon is the next name drawn out of the hat. Final ranking of Ballon d&#39;Or France Football 2017 : 5th - LUKA MODRIC Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/0dpSAJp8rG— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:27PM Number 6 The final defender is out of the running: Final ranking of Ballon d&#39;Or France Football 2017 : 6th - SERGIO RAMOS Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/NvfC70rzVM— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 Which leaves these five to fight it out for the top spots: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus) Lionel Messi (Barcelona) Luka Modric (Real Madrid) Neymar (PSG) Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 6:15PM Number 7 Final ranking of Ballon d&#39;Or France Football 2017 : 7th - KYLIAN MBAPPÉ Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/hleLhPKNwn— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:15PM The big two How do Ronaldo and Messi compare? Well, in terms of goals and goals alone their tally for 2017 is this: Ronaldo - 52 Messi - 49 Ronaldo also became the first man to score in all six Champions League group games last night. Although presumably he&#39;d already been told he was going to win this award before that match. If he has indeed won (ahem...). And if he has indeed been told (ahem...). Ronaldo vs Messi: How individual awards compare 6:09PM What even is this? You may be wondering what this whole thing is about. Didn&#39;t Ronaldo win the Fifa Best Player the other week? Allow this handy box to explain: What is the difference between the Ballon dOr and Fifa Best Player? 6:07PM Number 8 Final ranking of Ballon d&#39;Or France Football 2017 : 8th - N&#39;GOLO KANTÉ Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/tyTqvL63FU— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:03PM Number 9 Coming thick and fast now: Final ranking of Ballon d&#39;Or France Football 2017 : 9th - ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/3ewpVG6atX— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:02PM Nooooooooooooooooo Harry Kane will not become the first English Ballon d&#39;Or winner since Michael Owen in 2001: Final ranking of Ballon d&#39;Or France Football 2017 : 10th - HARRY KANE Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/S8xVHVM8eF— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 Any mention of Michael Owen is an excuse to post this: I want to like Michael Owen, I really do, but...https://ec.yimg.com/ec?url=http%3a%2f%2ft.co%2fthAxcyTiqf%e2%80%94&t=1513002940&sig=u4SHxO76GcWSOJfKC3U3LQ--~D Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) December 2, 2014 5:59PM What happens now? We are expecting the winner to be announced at around 6.45pm (GMT) with the rest of the top 10 revealed in the lead up to THE BIG MOMENT. We already know the identity of the remaining 10 players still in the running to win the 2017 Ballon d&#39;Or: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus) Harry Kane (Tottenham) N’Golo Kante (Chelsea) Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) Kylian Mbappe (PSG) Lionel Messi (Barcelona) Luka Modric (Real Madrid) Neymar (PSG) Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 5:52PM Results The results are in! Well, some of the results anyway. France Football (the French publication that is behind the Ballon d&#39;Or) has been counting down 2017&#39;s best footballers from number 30 and they have just reached the top 10. I shall bring you up to speed: 29 - Dries Mertens and Philippe Coutinho 28 - Edin Dzeko 27 - Mats Hummels 26 - Jan Oblak 25 - Karin Benzema 24 - Radamel Falcao 23 - Sadio Mane 21 - Leonardo Bonucci and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 20 - David De Gea 19 - Eden Hazard 18 - Antoine Griezmann 17 - Toni Kroos 16 - Marcelo 15 - Paulo Dybala 14 - Kevin De Bruyne 13 - Luis Suarez 12 - Isco 11 - Edinson Cavani Which means... HARRY KANE COULD STILL WIN THE BALLON D&#39;OR!!!!!!!!! Credit: action images 5:43PM Who should win? But fear not. This is not a done deal (it actually is). The winner is yet to be confirmed (it&#39;s Ronaldo). We could have an unexpected winner from left-field (but we won&#39;t). Who do you think triumph? Vote NOW. 5:41PM Ron the way to Paris Of course, the spoilers began yesterday when this story broke: Cristiano Ronaldo leaked boot suggests he will beat Lionel Messi and claim fifth Ballon d&#39;Or If the boots say it, it must be true. Fast-forward to today and CR7 and family have been documenting their flight to Paris for the Ballon d&#39;Or ceremony: Exhibit 1 Flying in style!!������ A post shared by Cristiano Ronaldo (@cristiano) on Dec 7, 2017 at 5:09am PST Exhibit 2 (courtesy of Mrs Ron) De camino a París para el Balón de Oro con la familia ❤️ #balondeoro #CR7 A post shared by Georgina Rodríguez (@georginagio) on Dec 7, 2017 at 5:13am PST 5:32PM Welcome Hello. It&#39;s Ballon d&#39;Or time. Excited? Sweet as a nut. Lest you have allowed recent results to slip your mind, here is a handy reminder: 2008: Ronaldo 2009: Messi 2010: Messi 2011: Messi 2012: Messi 2013: Ronaldo 2014: Ronaldo 2015: Messi 2016: Ronaldo Spot a theme? For almost a decade, the upper echelons of global football have been dominated by two men and this year has been no different. It&#39;s a two-horse race between the sport&#39;s two superstars. Ballon DOr | Wins by player So who will add to their collection tonight? (Spoiler: Cristiano Ronaldo) Stay right here to find out the answer. (The answer is Cristiano Ronaldo)
Ballon d'Or 2017: Cristiano Ronaldo wins award for the fifth time
7:22PM The wait goes on It's not hugely relevant, but I feel it would provide some closure to know who finished second and who came third out of Messi and Neymar. France Football seem not to know the result, despite the fact that they are the organisation behind this award. 7:18PM From the horse's mouth Congratulations @Cristiano for your fifth #BallondOr! ������ #EiffelTowerpic.twitter.com/HX4hoePi9g— La tour Eiffel (@LaTourEiffel) December 7, 2017 7:11PM Numbers 2 and 3? Strangely, they have not yet announced who finished second and who was third. I bet Lionel Messi and Neymar are on tenterhooks... 7:09PM Family affair Ronaldo has just been joined on stage by his mother and son. 7:07PM Here is your winner Cristiano Ronaldo Ballon d’Or @francefootball 2017 ! #BallondOrpic.twitter.com/XbPS7anVRL— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 7:05PM The money shot Blimey, that happened rather quickly. One minute they were chatting on stage and the next they were zooming in from a distant shot of the Eiffel Tower. As they get closer, a man in a tuxedo appears. He is facing the wrong way. Who is this man? The camera moves closer. Is it James Bond? He's turning around. He's holding something. IT'S CRISTIANO RONALDO! 7:03PM AND THE WINNER IS... Cristiano Ronaldo! 7:01PM It's all foreign to me Ginola and Ronaldo (the fat one) are having a chat on stage in English, but all I can hear is the French translation. Which is frustrating to say the least. Don't worry, you're not missing much. 6:58PM Video montage The real (fat) Ronaldo has just been chatting with Ginola on stage and now they are showing a montage of Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar *Goals Galore*. The three blokes left in the running for this award are decent footballers by the looks of it. 6:55PM We're live The ceremony - which is taking place in the Eiffel Tower - has just begun, hosted by David Ginola (he's the one on the right). Credit: jeff gilbert 6:47PM Podium We're down to the business end of the night and, unsurprisingly, it's the three biggest names in world football left in the running. Tense? Hell yes, it's tense. You can could the tension with a knife. 6:37PM Number 4 As expected, it's the veteran Italian goalkeeper just missing out on the podium. Final ranking of Ballon d'Or France Football 2017 : 4th - GIANLUIGI BUFFON Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/ciBbnPcmvl— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:37PM Having a party Jamie Vardy finished eighth in these awards last year. One place behind Riyad Mahrez and two behind Gareth Bale. How times change, eh? 6:32PM Number 5 Another one bites the dust. I bet 10p that Buffon is the next name drawn out of the hat. Final ranking of Ballon d'Or France Football 2017 : 5th - LUKA MODRIC Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/0dpSAJp8rG— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:27PM Number 6 The final defender is out of the running: Final ranking of Ballon d'Or France Football 2017 : 6th - SERGIO RAMOS Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/NvfC70rzVM— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 Which leaves these five to fight it out for the top spots: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus) Lionel Messi (Barcelona) Luka Modric (Real Madrid) Neymar (PSG) Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 6:15PM Number 7 Final ranking of Ballon d'Or France Football 2017 : 7th - KYLIAN MBAPPÉ Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/hleLhPKNwn— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:15PM The big two How do Ronaldo and Messi compare? Well, in terms of goals and goals alone their tally for 2017 is this: Ronaldo - 52 Messi - 49 Ronaldo also became the first man to score in all six Champions League group games last night. Although presumably he'd already been told he was going to win this award before that match. If he has indeed won (ahem...). And if he has indeed been told (ahem...). Ronaldo vs Messi: How individual awards compare 6:09PM What even is this? You may be wondering what this whole thing is about. Didn't Ronaldo win the Fifa Best Player the other week? Allow this handy box to explain: What is the difference between the Ballon dOr and Fifa Best Player? 6:07PM Number 8 Final ranking of Ballon d'Or France Football 2017 : 8th - N'GOLO KANTÉ Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/tyTqvL63FU— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:03PM Number 9 Coming thick and fast now: Final ranking of Ballon d'Or France Football 2017 : 9th - ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/3ewpVG6atX— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 6:02PM Nooooooooooooooooo Harry Kane will not become the first English Ballon d'Or winner since Michael Owen in 2001: Final ranking of Ballon d'Or France Football 2017 : 10th - HARRY KANE Live ranking : https://t.co/VCaRs94Ncc#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/S8xVHVM8eF— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017 Any mention of Michael Owen is an excuse to post this: I want to like Michael Owen, I really do, but...http://t.co/thAxcyTiqf— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) December 2, 2014 5:59PM What happens now? We are expecting the winner to be announced at around 6.45pm (GMT) with the rest of the top 10 revealed in the lead up to THE BIG MOMENT. We already know the identity of the remaining 10 players still in the running to win the 2017 Ballon d'Or: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus) Harry Kane (Tottenham) N’Golo Kante (Chelsea) Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) Kylian Mbappe (PSG) Lionel Messi (Barcelona) Luka Modric (Real Madrid) Neymar (PSG) Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 5:52PM Results The results are in! Well, some of the results anyway. France Football (the French publication that is behind the Ballon d'Or) has been counting down 2017's best footballers from number 30 and they have just reached the top 10. I shall bring you up to speed: 29 - Dries Mertens and Philippe Coutinho 28 - Edin Dzeko 27 - Mats Hummels 26 - Jan Oblak 25 - Karin Benzema 24 - Radamel Falcao 23 - Sadio Mane 21 - Leonardo Bonucci and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 20 - David De Gea 19 - Eden Hazard 18 - Antoine Griezmann 17 - Toni Kroos 16 - Marcelo 15 - Paulo Dybala 14 - Kevin De Bruyne 13 - Luis Suarez 12 - Isco 11 - Edinson Cavani Which means... HARRY KANE COULD STILL WIN THE BALLON D'OR!!!!!!!!! Credit: action images 5:43PM Who should win? But fear not. This is not a done deal (it actually is). The winner is yet to be confirmed (it's Ronaldo). We could have an unexpected winner from left-field (but we won't). Who do you think triumph? Vote NOW. 5:41PM Ron the way to Paris Of course, the spoilers began yesterday when this story broke: Cristiano Ronaldo leaked boot suggests he will beat Lionel Messi and claim fifth Ballon d'Or If the boots say it, it must be true. Fast-forward to today and CR7 and family have been documenting their flight to Paris for the Ballon d'Or ceremony: Exhibit 1 Flying in style!!������ A post shared by Cristiano Ronaldo (@cristiano) on Dec 7, 2017 at 5:09am PST Exhibit 2 (courtesy of Mrs Ron) De camino a París para el Balón de Oro con la familia ❤️ #balondeoro #CR7 A post shared by Georgina Rodríguez (@georginagio) on Dec 7, 2017 at 5:13am PST 5:32PM Welcome Hello. It's Ballon d'Or time. Excited? Sweet as a nut. Lest you have allowed recent results to slip your mind, here is a handy reminder: 2008: Ronaldo 2009: Messi 2010: Messi 2011: Messi 2012: Messi 2013: Ronaldo 2014: Ronaldo 2015: Messi 2016: Ronaldo Spot a theme? For almost a decade, the upper echelons of global football have been dominated by two men and this year has been no different. It's a two-horse race between the sport's two superstars. Ballon DOr | Wins by player So who will add to their collection tonight? (Spoiler: Cristiano Ronaldo) Stay right here to find out the answer. (The answer is Cristiano Ronaldo)
<p>Cristiano Ronaldo has won the 2017 Ballon d&#39;Or, taking home the award for the fourth time in the last five years and matching Lionel Messi&#39;s record of winning the prestigious honor for a fifth time.</p><p>The Ballon d&#39;Or award, presented by France Football, is given to the world&#39;s best soccer player, and either Messi or Ronaldo has won it every year dating back to 2007, when Kaka earned the honors.</p><p>The 32-year-old Ronaldo has finished in first or second place in Ballon d&#39;Or voting in each of the last seven years, and excluding 2010 has finished in the top two every year dating back to 2007.</p><p>Even as he gets older, Ronaldo has continued to rack up the awards. In October, he was named FIFA&#39;s Best Men&#39;s Player. In August, he was named UEFA&#39;s 2016-17 Best Player in Europe for a third time (the award was instituted in 2010-11). There&#39;s still new ground for him to find, evidenced by his latest accomplishment on Wednesday, when he became the <a href="https://www.si.com/soccer/2017/12/07/real-madrid-superstar-cristiano-ronaldo-makes-history-stunning-strike-against-dortmund" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:first player to score in each of the six group games" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">first player to score in each of the six group games</a> in the UEFA Champions League.</p><p>In 2016, Ronaldo was helped by exploits on both the club and country levels, leading Real Madrid to a Champions League title and helping Portugal to the Euro 2016 championship. In 2017, Ronaldo&#39;s campaign was largely boost by his efforts with Real Madrid, as the club won La Liga&#39;s title in May and then followed that up with a second straight Champions League title–and 11th overall. Ronaldo was a menace in the knockout stage of the competition, scoring 10 goals in four multi-goal games. He netted twice in the final triumph over Juventus and added hat tricks against Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid in the quarterfinals and semifinals, respectively. He also scored 25 goals in La Liga, helping Real Madrid to a record 33rd title, but its first since 2012.</p><p>Ronaldo was still impactful for Portugal, helping the side qualify for the 2018 World Cup by scoring 15 goals in the qualifying round, second only to Poland and Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski, who scored 16.</p><p>Before crowning Ronaldo, France Football unveiled its 30 finalists in reverse order of how they finished in the voting:</p><p>29 (tied). <strong>Philippe Coutinho</strong> (Liverpool/Brazil) and<strong> Dries Mertens</strong> (Napoli/Belgium)</p><p>28. <strong>Edin Dzeko</strong> (Roma/Bosnia &#38; Herzegovina)</p><p>27. <strong>Mats Hummels</strong> (Bayern Munich/Germany)</p><p>26. <strong>Jan Oblak </strong>(Atletico Madrid/Slovenia)</p><p>25. <strong>Karim Benzema</strong> (Real Madrid/France)</p><p>24.<strong> Radamel Falcao</strong> (Monaco/Colombia)</p><p>23. <strong>Sadio Mane</strong> (Liverpool/Senegal)</p><p>21 (tied). <strong>Leonardo Bonucci</strong> (Juventus-AC Milan/Italy) and <strong>Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang</strong> (Borussia Dortmund/Gabon)</p><p>20. <strong>David De Gea </strong>(Manchester United/Spain)</p><p>19. <strong>Eden Hazard</strong> (Chelsea/Belgium)</p><p>18. <strong>Antoine Griezmann</strong> (Atletico Madrid/France)</p><p>17. <strong>Toni Kroos</strong> (Real Madrid/Germany)</p><p>16. <strong>Marcelo</strong> (Real Madrid/Brazil)</p><p>15. <strong>Paulo Dybala</strong> (Juventus/Argentina)</p><p>14.<strong> Kevin De Bruyne</strong> (Manchester City/Belgium) </p><p>13. <strong>Luis Suarez</strong> (Barcelona/Uruguay)</p><p>12. <strong>Isco</strong> (Real Madrid/Spain)</p><p>11. <strong>Edinson Cavani</strong> (PSG/Uruguay)</p><p>10. <strong>Harry Kane</strong> (Tottenham/England)</p><p>9. <strong>Robert Lewandowski</strong> (Bayern Munich/Poland)</p><p>8. <strong>N&#39;Golo Kante</strong> (Chelsea/France)</p><p>7. <strong>Kylian Mbappe</strong> (Monaco-PSG/France)</p><p>6. <strong>Sergio Ramos</strong> (Real Madrid/Spain)</p><p>5. <b>Luka Modric</b> (Real Madrid/Croatia)</p><p>4.<strong> Gianluigi Buffon</strong> (Juventus/Italy)</p><p>3. <strong>Neymar</strong> (Barcelona-PSG/Brazil)</p><p>2. <strong>Lionel Messi</strong> (Barcelona/Argentina)</p><p>1. <strong>Cristiano Ronaldo</strong> (Real Madrid/Portugal)</p>
Cristiano Ronaldo Wins Record-Tying Fifth Ballon D'Or Award

Cristiano Ronaldo has won the 2017 Ballon d'Or, taking home the award for the fourth time in the last five years and matching Lionel Messi's record of winning the prestigious honor for a fifth time.

The Ballon d'Or award, presented by France Football, is given to the world's best soccer player, and either Messi or Ronaldo has won it every year dating back to 2007, when Kaka earned the honors.

The 32-year-old Ronaldo has finished in first or second place in Ballon d'Or voting in each of the last seven years, and excluding 2010 has finished in the top two every year dating back to 2007.

Even as he gets older, Ronaldo has continued to rack up the awards. In October, he was named FIFA's Best Men's Player. In August, he was named UEFA's 2016-17 Best Player in Europe for a third time (the award was instituted in 2010-11). There's still new ground for him to find, evidenced by his latest accomplishment on Wednesday, when he became the first player to score in each of the six group games in the UEFA Champions League.

In 2016, Ronaldo was helped by exploits on both the club and country levels, leading Real Madrid to a Champions League title and helping Portugal to the Euro 2016 championship. In 2017, Ronaldo's campaign was largely boost by his efforts with Real Madrid, as the club won La Liga's title in May and then followed that up with a second straight Champions League title–and 11th overall. Ronaldo was a menace in the knockout stage of the competition, scoring 10 goals in four multi-goal games. He netted twice in the final triumph over Juventus and added hat tricks against Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid in the quarterfinals and semifinals, respectively. He also scored 25 goals in La Liga, helping Real Madrid to a record 33rd title, but its first since 2012.

Ronaldo was still impactful for Portugal, helping the side qualify for the 2018 World Cup by scoring 15 goals in the qualifying round, second only to Poland and Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski, who scored 16.

Before crowning Ronaldo, France Football unveiled its 30 finalists in reverse order of how they finished in the voting:

29 (tied). Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool/Brazil) and Dries Mertens (Napoli/Belgium)

28. Edin Dzeko (Roma/Bosnia & Herzegovina)

27. Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich/Germany)

26. Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid/Slovenia)

25. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid/France)

24. Radamel Falcao (Monaco/Colombia)

23. Sadio Mane (Liverpool/Senegal)

21 (tied). Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus-AC Milan/Italy) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund/Gabon)

20. David De Gea (Manchester United/Spain)

19. Eden Hazard (Chelsea/Belgium)

18. Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid/France)

17. Toni Kroos (Real Madrid/Germany)

16. Marcelo (Real Madrid/Brazil)

15. Paulo Dybala (Juventus/Argentina)

14. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City/Belgium)

13. Luis Suarez (Barcelona/Uruguay)

12. Isco (Real Madrid/Spain)

11. Edinson Cavani (PSG/Uruguay)

10. Harry Kane (Tottenham/England)

9. Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich/Poland)

8. N'Golo Kante (Chelsea/France)

7. Kylian Mbappe (Monaco-PSG/France)

6. Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid/Spain)

5. Luka Modric (Real Madrid/Croatia)

4. Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus/Italy)

3. Neymar (Barcelona-PSG/Brazil)

2. Lionel Messi (Barcelona/Argentina)

1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid/Portugal)

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A former star at Parc des Princes admits to helping persuade his fellow Brazilian to make a move to France and is convinced he made the right call
A former star at Parc des Princes admits to helping persuade his fellow Brazilian to make a move to France and is convinced he made the right call
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A former star at Parc des Princes admits to helping persuade his fellow Brazilian to make a move to France and is convinced he made the right call
What is it? It&#39;s the 2017 Ballon d&#39;Or, France Football&#39;s annual award for world footballer of the year - the 62nd When is it? The publication will be unveiling this year&#39;s winner on Thursday December 7. What time will it happen? The winner will be announced at 18:45 GMT. What TV channel is it on? Sadly, it won&#39;t be in the UK. But you can follow all the build-up and reaction right here with Telegraph Sport. What happened last year? Cristiano Ronaldo crowned a memorable year by being named the world&#39;s best player for a fourth time when he won the 2016 Ballon d&#39;Or on Monday night. The 31-year-old Portugal and Real Madrid foward topped the poll of 173 journalists worldwide. Ronaldo played a crucial role as Real beat city rivals Atletico Madrid in May to become European champions for a record-extending 11th time. The pair have won the last nine Ballon d&#39;Or awards Credit: AFP/Getty Images Then two months later, Portugal triumphed at Euro 2016 in France to claim a major trophy for the first time - despite losing their talisman to injury early on in the final. Ronaldo, who has so far scored 48 goals in 52 games for club and country during 2016, was not able to accept the award in person with the forward currently away in Japan as Real Madrid prepare for the FIFA Club World Cup. Who is on the shortlist? The 30-strong list is below, including England&#39;s Harry Kane: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund) Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) Leonardo Bonucci (Milan) Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus) Edinson Cavani (PSG) Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) Kevin de Bruyne (Man City) David de Gea (Man Utd) Paulo Dybala (Juventus) Edin Dzeko (Roma) Radamel Falcao (Monaco) Antoine Griezmann (Atlético Madrid) Eden Hazard (Chelsea) Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich) Isco (Real Madrid) Harry Kane (Tottenham) N’Golo Kanté (Chelsea) Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) Sadio Mané (Liverpool) Marcelo (Real Madrid) Kylian Mbappé (PSG) Dries Mertens (Napoli) Lionel Messi (Barcelona) Luka Modric (Real Madrid) Neymar (PSG) Jan Oblak (Atlético Madrid) Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) Luis Suárez (Barcelona). Who is favourite to win? There&#39;s only one, really. It&#39;s rare you see Leo Messi with odds of 8/1 attached to him for anything. Cristiano Ronaldo - 1/20 Leo Messi - 8/1 Neymar - 33/1 Gianluifi Buffon - 50/1 Harry Kane - 80/1 Antoine Griezmann - 100/1 Eden Hazard - 100/1 Kylian Mbappe - 100/1 Who has won the award the most? Yep, you&#39;ve guessed it - Leo Messi (5) and Cristiano Ronaldo (4). They have won the last nine between them since Kaka&#39;s victory in 2007. You can see a full list of winners here. Ballon D&#39;Or | Wins by player
Ballon d'Or 2017: What time is the award announced, who is on the shortlist and will it be Ronaldo or Messi?
What is it? It's the 2017 Ballon d'Or, France Football's annual award for world footballer of the year - the 62nd When is it? The publication will be unveiling this year's winner on Thursday December 7. What time will it happen? The winner will be announced at 18:45 GMT. What TV channel is it on? Sadly, it won't be in the UK. But you can follow all the build-up and reaction right here with Telegraph Sport. What happened last year? Cristiano Ronaldo crowned a memorable year by being named the world's best player for a fourth time when he won the 2016 Ballon d'Or on Monday night. The 31-year-old Portugal and Real Madrid foward topped the poll of 173 journalists worldwide. Ronaldo played a crucial role as Real beat city rivals Atletico Madrid in May to become European champions for a record-extending 11th time. The pair have won the last nine Ballon d'Or awards Credit: AFP/Getty Images Then two months later, Portugal triumphed at Euro 2016 in France to claim a major trophy for the first time - despite losing their talisman to injury early on in the final. Ronaldo, who has so far scored 48 goals in 52 games for club and country during 2016, was not able to accept the award in person with the forward currently away in Japan as Real Madrid prepare for the FIFA Club World Cup. Who is on the shortlist? The 30-strong list is below, including England's Harry Kane: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund) Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) Leonardo Bonucci (Milan) Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus) Edinson Cavani (PSG) Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) Kevin de Bruyne (Man City) David de Gea (Man Utd) Paulo Dybala (Juventus) Edin Dzeko (Roma) Radamel Falcao (Monaco) Antoine Griezmann (Atlético Madrid) Eden Hazard (Chelsea) Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich) Isco (Real Madrid) Harry Kane (Tottenham) N’Golo Kanté (Chelsea) Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) Sadio Mané (Liverpool) Marcelo (Real Madrid) Kylian Mbappé (PSG) Dries Mertens (Napoli) Lionel Messi (Barcelona) Luka Modric (Real Madrid) Neymar (PSG) Jan Oblak (Atlético Madrid) Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) Luis Suárez (Barcelona). Who is favourite to win? There's only one, really. It's rare you see Leo Messi with odds of 8/1 attached to him for anything. Cristiano Ronaldo - 1/20 Leo Messi - 8/1 Neymar - 33/1 Gianluifi Buffon - 50/1 Harry Kane - 80/1 Antoine Griezmann - 100/1 Eden Hazard - 100/1 Kylian Mbappe - 100/1 Who has won the award the most? Yep, you've guessed it - Leo Messi (5) and Cristiano Ronaldo (4). They have won the last nine between them since Kaka's victory in 2007. You can see a full list of winners here. Ballon D'Or | Wins by player
What is it? It&#39;s the 2017 Ballon d&#39;Or, France Football&#39;s annual award for world footballer of the year - the 62nd When is it? The publication will be unveiling this year&#39;s winner on Thursday December 7. What time will it happen? The winner will be announced at 18:45 GMT. What TV channel is it on? Sadly, it won&#39;t be in the UK. But you can follow all the build-up and reaction right here with Telegraph Sport. What happened last year? Cristiano Ronaldo crowned a memorable year by being named the world&#39;s best player for a fourth time when he won the 2016 Ballon d&#39;Or on Monday night. The 31-year-old Portugal and Real Madrid foward topped the poll of 173 journalists worldwide. Ronaldo played a crucial role as Real beat city rivals Atletico Madrid in May to become European champions for a record-extending 11th time. The pair have won the last nine Ballon d&#39;Or awards Credit: AFP/Getty Images Then two months later, Portugal triumphed at Euro 2016 in France to claim a major trophy for the first time - despite losing their talisman to injury early on in the final. Ronaldo, who has so far scored 48 goals in 52 games for club and country during 2016, was not able to accept the award in person with the forward currently away in Japan as Real Madrid prepare for the FIFA Club World Cup. Who is on the shortlist? The 30-strong list is below, including England&#39;s Harry Kane: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund) Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) Leonardo Bonucci (Milan) Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus) Edinson Cavani (PSG) Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) Kevin de Bruyne (Man City) David de Gea (Man Utd) Paulo Dybala (Juventus) Edin Dzeko (Roma) Radamel Falcao (Monaco) Antoine Griezmann (Atlético Madrid) Eden Hazard (Chelsea) Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich) Isco (Real Madrid) Harry Kane (Tottenham) N’Golo Kanté (Chelsea) Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) Sadio Mané (Liverpool) Marcelo (Real Madrid) Kylian Mbappé (PSG) Dries Mertens (Napoli) Lionel Messi (Barcelona) Luka Modric (Real Madrid) Neymar (PSG) Jan Oblak (Atlético Madrid) Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) Luis Suárez (Barcelona). Who is favourite to win? There&#39;s only one, really. It&#39;s rare you see Leo Messi with odds of 8/1 attached to him for anything. Cristiano Ronaldo - 1/20 Leo Messi - 8/1 Neymar - 33/1 Gianluifi Buffon - 50/1 Harry Kane - 80/1 Antoine Griezmann - 100/1 Eden Hazard - 100/1 Kylian Mbappe - 100/1 Who has won the award the most? Yep, you&#39;ve guessed it - Leo Messi (5) and Cristiano Ronaldo (4). They have won the last nine between them since Kaka&#39;s victory in 2007. You can see a full list of winners here. Ballon D&#39;Or | Wins by player
Ballon d'Or 2017: What time is the award announced, who is on the shortlist and will it be Ronaldo or Messi?
What is it? It's the 2017 Ballon d'Or, France Football's annual award for world footballer of the year - the 62nd When is it? The publication will be unveiling this year's winner on Thursday December 7. What time will it happen? The winner will be announced at 18:45 GMT. What TV channel is it on? Sadly, it won't be in the UK. But you can follow all the build-up and reaction right here with Telegraph Sport. What happened last year? Cristiano Ronaldo crowned a memorable year by being named the world's best player for a fourth time when he won the 2016 Ballon d'Or on Monday night. The 31-year-old Portugal and Real Madrid foward topped the poll of 173 journalists worldwide. Ronaldo played a crucial role as Real beat city rivals Atletico Madrid in May to become European champions for a record-extending 11th time. The pair have won the last nine Ballon d'Or awards Credit: AFP/Getty Images Then two months later, Portugal triumphed at Euro 2016 in France to claim a major trophy for the first time - despite losing their talisman to injury early on in the final. Ronaldo, who has so far scored 48 goals in 52 games for club and country during 2016, was not able to accept the award in person with the forward currently away in Japan as Real Madrid prepare for the FIFA Club World Cup. Who is on the shortlist? The 30-strong list is below, including England's Harry Kane: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund) Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) Leonardo Bonucci (Milan) Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus) Edinson Cavani (PSG) Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) Kevin de Bruyne (Man City) David de Gea (Man Utd) Paulo Dybala (Juventus) Edin Dzeko (Roma) Radamel Falcao (Monaco) Antoine Griezmann (Atlético Madrid) Eden Hazard (Chelsea) Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich) Isco (Real Madrid) Harry Kane (Tottenham) N’Golo Kanté (Chelsea) Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) Sadio Mané (Liverpool) Marcelo (Real Madrid) Kylian Mbappé (PSG) Dries Mertens (Napoli) Lionel Messi (Barcelona) Luka Modric (Real Madrid) Neymar (PSG) Jan Oblak (Atlético Madrid) Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) Luis Suárez (Barcelona). Who is favourite to win? There's only one, really. It's rare you see Leo Messi with odds of 8/1 attached to him for anything. Cristiano Ronaldo - 1/20 Leo Messi - 8/1 Neymar - 33/1 Gianluifi Buffon - 50/1 Harry Kane - 80/1 Antoine Griezmann - 100/1 Eden Hazard - 100/1 Kylian Mbappe - 100/1 Who has won the award the most? Yep, you've guessed it - Leo Messi (5) and Cristiano Ronaldo (4). They have won the last nine between them since Kaka's victory in 2007. You can see a full list of winners here. Ballon D'Or | Wins by player

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