Ronaldo wins Ballon d'Or award for joint-record fifth time

Ronaldo wins Ballon d'Or award for joint-record fifth time

"I feel very happy, it's a fantastic moment in my career, I've been waiting for this for a long time".

"The trophies won last year helped to win this award".

Ronaldo admitted he works very hard and that his fitness coach at Real Madrid, Antonio Pintus, acknowledging this, described him as a "real psycho". Ronaldo has won the award for the fifth time. I was the [top] goalscorer of the Champions League, so I want to thank my team-mates.

"I hope to play at this level for a few more years, I hope the battle with Messi continues, things happen for a reason", he added.

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Ronaldo also gave some indication of his Ballon d'Or target when asked what he wants for Christmas, having recently had his fourth child with girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez: "Another, it's a joke, we're going to enjoy the four of us, I want seven Gold Balls and seven children".

The Portugal forward won the award, handed out by magazine France Football, for a second consecutive year. It's something I wish I have every year.

The 25-year-old left Messi's Barcelona during the close season in a world-record transfer to Paris Saint-Germain, where he has already scored 15 goals this season.

Centre-back Sergio Ramos was the highest-ranked Spaniard and the third Real player in the top 10, one ahead of French rising star Kylian Mbappe in seventh.