Real Madrid and Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo staked his claim as the best footballer in the world by winning the Ballon d'Or award for a record-equaling fifth time. Ronaldo's fifth title moved him to level with Barcelona star Lionel Messi, who also has won the award on five occasions.
Ronaldo was awarded the trophy by France Football magazine at a glittering ceremony held at the Eiffel Tower on Thursday. He pipped his arch-rival Messi and Neymar, who were the other shortlisted candidates for FIFA'most coveted individual prize.
Ronaldo was shown on television receiving the award while making the sign of five with his left hand as held the trophy in his right. Messi was runner-up behind him and Neymar was third.
"Of course, I feel happy, it's a big moment in my career," Ronaldo said. "It's something I hope to win every year."
The 32-year-old Portugal forward also took home the Ballon d'Or prize in 2013 and 2014, and in 2008 when playing for Manchester United.Messi won it from 2009-12 and again in 2015.