Ronaldo beats Messi to win fifth Ballon d'Or

Ronaldo beats Messi to win fifth Ballon d'Or

Cristiano Ronaldo took home his fifth Ballon d'Or on Thursday, matching Lionel Messi for the most ever.

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The Real Madrid superstar, who a day prior became the first player ever to score in every group stage match in a single edition of the Champions League, won the best player award from FIFA in October and adds to his trophy case as expected with this one.

Ronaldo beats Messi to win fifth Ballon d'Or

Cristiano Ronaldo beats Lionel Messi to win Ballon d'Or 2016

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The Ballon d'Or, now given out by France Football based on journalist votes, goes to Ronaldo for the second year and rightfully so.

As we have seen in the past, the team's success continues to hold a lot of weight as to who wins.

Real won the Champions League last year and La Liga, with Ronaldo scoring 42 goals in 46 matches, including leading the UCL with 12 goals. Messi never really stood much of a chance despite scoring 54 goals in 52 matches. Barca only won the Copa del Rey, which wasn't enough to push him past Ronaldo overall.

Ronaldo has won the Ballon d'Or on four other occasions - in 2008 with Manchester United, and in 2013, 2014 and 2016 with Real Madrid.

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