It is the fifth time the Portugal international has won the prize, drawing him level with his great rival Lionel Messi for the most Ballons d’Or of all time.
After taking home the trophy, Ronaldo made it clear that he is still in his prime and looking forward to continuing his career with Los Blancos for the foreseeable future.
“I hope I can play at the greatest level for a few more years,” Ronaldo told reporters. “The battle continues with Messi. We’re doing the best we can for our teams. I think things are happening for a reason.
“I feel good, let’s see what happens in the future. I’m happy at Real and I want to stay and finish my career there if possible.”
Ronaldo scored 42 goals across all competitions during the 2016-17 season, helping Real Madrid to a La Liga and Champions League double. The 32-year-old netted 25 times in La Liga last term and added 12 goals in the Champions League, including a brace in the final against Juventus.
“I’m very happy. To get this prize in Paris is a great experience, it’s marvellous,” Ronaldo told L’Equipe TV.
“It’s a great moment of my career. It’s something I wish I have every year. We had a marvellous year. I was the [top] goal scorer of the Champions League, so I want to thank my team-mates. They were important for me. And also thanks everybody who helped me to be in great form during the season.”
It’s the second straight year Ronaldo has won the award presented by France Football, and he was also named the Best FIFA Men’s Player of 2016-17 in October. Ronaldo also took home the Ballon d’Or in 2008, 2013, and 2014.
So far this season, Ronaldo has been on fire in the Champions League once again, scoring in all six group-stage matches. But he only has two goals in 10 La Liga matches so far.
Author: Staff Writer