It’s been obvious for awhile now that Cristiano Ronaldo was going to win his fifth Ballon d’Or trophy as world player of the year.
Turns out, he still had a surprise up his sleeve.
The Real Madrid megastar accepted the award from halfway up the Eiffel Tower on Thursday during a glitzy ceremony in Paris:
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Past winners, such as the Brazilian Ronaldo and former AC Milan star Kaka, were also present for the evening’s festivities, which took place inside the Eiffel Tower.
This marks the fifth Ballon d’Or for Ronaldo, bringing him into a tie with Barcelona’s Lionel Messi for most all-time. The award has been presented annually by France Football magazine since 1956, and Messi and Ronaldo have split the last 10. Furthermore, they’ve finished 1-2 in every year of the past decade except 2010.
But there was no peer for Ronaldo, who led the way as Real Madrid won La Liga and became the first team in the Champions League era to win the competition in consecutive years.
He even received a special congratulations from the Eiffel Tower itself:
— La tour Eiffel (@LaTourEiffel) December 7, 2017