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Ronaldo pips Messi to win Ballon d'Or for joint-record fifth time

Cristiano Ronaldo in action for Real Madrid.

Cristiano Ronaldo in action for Real Madrid.

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo was awarded the Ballon d'Or for world player of the year on Thursday for a joint-record fifth time, going level with eternal rival and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi as the player to have won the prize the most times.

The Real Madrid forward 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.

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