The Ballon d’Or for 2017 has been won by Real Madrid and Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo.

At a ceremony at the Eiffel Tower on Thursday evening, the 32-year-old was presented with the prize for the best men’s player of their year, the fifth time he has won it.

It follows on from his claiming of FIFA’s ‘The Best’ award, which the No.7 got his hands on in London in October.

Ronaldo also won the 2008, 2013, 2014 and 2016 editions of the award.

His eternal rival for the honour Lionel Messi finished in second place, while Neymar was third.

Ronaldo spoke about his emotions after being handed the award and spoke of how he is content at Real Madrid.

“I feel happy, it’s a fantastic moment in my career,” he said.

“I’ve have been hoping for this for a long time.

“This year has been amazing.

“We won the Champions League and LaLiga, while I was the top scorer in the Champions League on a personal level.

“These trophies help to win these individual prizes and I must say thank you to my Real Madrid and Portugal teammates, who were very important for me.

“I am happy at Real Madrid and I want to stay there.

“I would like to finish my career at Real Madrid if possible.

“I want seven Ballon d’Or awards and seven children.”

Asked about his rivals for the award, he hoped to keep competing with Messi and also said he expects Neymar to win the prize one day.

“I hope to play at this level for several years more and I hope that the battle with Messi continues.

“Things happen for a reason.

“I feel good this season and we’ll see at the end of the year what we have won.

“[Neymar] has a lot of talent and a lot of potential.

“I’m sure he’ll have the chance to win this award in the future.”

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