Last night Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo was in Paris, beautifully dressed, excited and anxious. Who had won the coveted Ballon d’Or award this year?
BALLON D’OR 2017
Of course, it was Cristiano Ronaldo, putting him equal with Lionel Messi as the most awarded winner. It was Ronaldo’s fifth award and his second consecutive year.
The awards which took place at the foot of the Eiffel Tower are always a star-studded moment and over the last few years, pretty much centered on Ronaldo and Messi.
The Ballon d’Or awards have been a prestigious event for the best individual football player, first won by Stanley Matthews in 1956. The best players in the game are undoubtedly Ronaldo who has had an astonishing 2017 both on and off the field, but then, so has Messi.
RONALDO – MESSI
Ronaldo and Messi have dominated the game for the last 10 years but the 2017 Ballon d’Or goes to Ronaldo. In fact, there is huge hype around both players – talent, skill, rivalry, good looks, charm, charisma – and fans will always argue over who is the best player.
This year, indeed, was Ronaldo’s year. He helped Real Madrid to a third Champions League title and the first La Liga Title in 5 years, as well as the FIFA Club World Cup. He scored twice as Real Madrid beat Juventus in the Champions League Final, and finished top scorer in the Champions League competition with a total of 12 goals.
Ronaldo thanked his fans for the Ballon d’Or title and for their amazing support. He thanked his colleagues from Madrid and Portugal, acknowledging football is a team game and he couldn’t have won the award on his own.
He looked delighted when receiving the award. When asked about his Christmas wishes he said ‘another baby would be nice’ then quickly went on to say he was kidding. Ronaldo has four children already!
Since 2007 the Ballon d’Or has only gone to Ronaldo and Messi. Kaka won in 2007 but since then, just like in world football, Ronaldo and Messi are the champs.
BALLON D’OR 2017 LINE-UP
Here is 2017’s Top 10 Ballon d’Or final line up:
CRISTIANO RONALDO (Real Madrid/Portugal)
LIONEL MESSI (Barcelona/Argentina)
NEYMAR (Paris Saint-Germain/Brazil)
GIANLUIGI BUFFON (Juventus/Italy)
LUKA MODRIC (Real Madrid/Croatia)
SERGIO RAMOS (Real Madrid/Spain)
KYLIAN MBAPPE (Paris Saint-Germain/France)
N’GOLO KANTE (Chelsea/France)
ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI (Bayern Munich/Poland)
HARRY KANE (Tottenham Hotspur/England)
Will it be different next year? Follow football closely and find out!