Cristiano Ronaldo has joined Lionel Messi as a 5-time winner of FIFA’s absolute best player award.

The Real Madrid ahead used to be topped player of the year on Monday at the FIFA Best rite at the London Palladium theater attended by way of runner-ups Messi and 3rd-positioned Neymar.

A 2d, successive honour for the 32-year-old Ronaldo used to be anticipated after a season by which the Portuguese eclipsed his award opposite numbers in the medal stakes.

As neatly as Spanish league and Spanish Super Cup luck, Ronaldo scored two times in the Champions League ultimate towards Juventus to win European football’s elite pageant for the 3rd time in 4 seasons.

FIFA has shifted its award rite from its standard January slot to October so gamers are judged throughout a season — in response to the conventional European agenda — moderately than the calendar year.