Real Madrid and Portugal superstar Cristiano Ronaldo won the fifth Golden Ball of his career, consolidating his position as the best player in the world after obtaining the title of "Best FIFA Men Player" at the annual gala of FIFA in October.
Ronaldo had been the big favorite to retain the Golden Ball award he won this time last year after helping Real Madrid reach the glory of the league for the first time in five years and become the first club in retaining the Champions League trophy in the post-1992 era.
Now he gets up to the level of his great personal rival Lionel Messi in five Ballon d 'Or gongs.
The Golden Ball, which has been under the exclusive control of France Football magazine since 2016, was awarded for the first time to Ronaldo in 2008 after an incredible season with Manchester United, where he scored 42 goals and won the honors of the Premier League and Champions League.
He won the subsequent Ballon d & # 39; Or awards in 2 013 and 2014, the last of which came after Real Madrid finally captured its tenth European crown, La Decima .
Ronaldo, who turns 33 in February, recently declared that he wants to win up to seven Ballon D & # 39; Or prizes before retiring, also stating that he wants seven children.
After having seen his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez give birth to their fourth child in November, Ronaldo is currently three children and two Ballon d 'Or short trophies of his goal.
Lionel Messi and Neymar completed the first three, while Gianluigi Buffon and Luka Modric finished fourth and fifth respectively. Sergio Ramos, Kylian Mbappe, N & # 39; Golo Kante, Robert Lewandowski and Harry Kane completed the top ten.