It's now Ronaldo 5 Messi 5

October 24, 2017
Portuguese footballer Christiano Ronaldo (right) sit beside Argentinia's Lionel Messi (left) and wife Antonella during the The Best FIFA 2017 Awards at the Palladium Theatre in London yesterday.

 

LONDON (AP):

Cristiano Ronaldo has caught up with Lionel Messi to become a five-time winner of FIFA's best player award. The Real Madrid forward was crowned Player of the Year yesterday at the FIFA Best ceremony at the London Palladium theatre attended by runner-up Messi and third-place Neymar.

A second successive honour for Ronaldo was expected after a season in which the Portuguese eclipsed his award counterparts in the trophy stakes.

As well as Spanish league and Spanish Super Cup success, Ronaldo scored twice in the Champions League final against Juventus to win European football's elite competition for the third time in four seasons.

Ronaldo's coach at Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, was crowned Coach of the Year.

FIFA has shifted its award ceremony from its usual January slot to October so players are judged across a season - based on the typical European schedule - rather than the calendar year.

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