Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo won the fifth Ballon d’Or award for the year’s best player. The Real Madrid forward’s second successive win also draws him level alongside Argentina star Messi with five Ballon d’Ors.
Lionel Messi came second while Paris St Germain forward Neymar Jr, the most expensive player in the world came third; veteran Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon finished fourth and Real midfielder Luka Modric came fifth.
Ronaldo was presented with the award in a ceremony at the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
He won the award, handed out by magazine France Football, for the second consecutive year having led his side to the La Liga title with 25 goals and a successive Champions League crown, netting 12 goals including two in the 4-1 win over Juventus in the final.
Ronaldo won his first Ballon d’Or in 2008 while with Manchester United and collected it again in 2013, 2014 and 2016. The 32-year-old was last month named the Best FIFA Men’s Player in the global soccer body’s own awards ceremony.