Story highlightsCristiano Ronaldo wins fifth Ballon d’OrEquals record set by rival Lionel Messi.
(CNN)Cristiano Ronaldo claimed his fifth Ballon d’Or Thursday, equaling the record set by eternal rival Lionel Messi.
Some of the biggest and best names to ever play the game were quick to congratulate the Portugal international. Follow @cnnsport Brazilian Pele, considered by many to be the greatest footballer of all time, said: “I would love to have played on the same side as you!”High praise indeed.
Congratulations to @Cristiano on winning this year's Ballon d'Or. I would love to have played on the same side as you! // Parabéns ao @Cristiano por conquistar o Ballon d'Or este ano. Eu adoraria ter tido a chance de jogar ao seu lado! #BallondOr
— Pelé (@Pele) December 7, 2017 After a decade of dominance and winning the previous 10 Ballon d’Ors between them, people are beginning to wonder if anybody else apart from Ronaldo or Messi will ever win the title.Read More
10 years of the Messi and Ronaldo dominance. It is okay. It's already becoming stale ?They need new competition.
— Iseunife The First (@Shawnife_) December 8, 2017 Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe, who finished seventh in his first Ballon d’Or ranking at just the age of 18, is many people’s pick as a future winner.Ronaldo recalls meeting the Frenchman only a few years ago.
Cristiano Ronaldo: "I met Kylian Mbappé a few years ago in Madrid and he was like this." ? pic.twitter.com/6JqLhQTZ9h
— Football__Tweet (@Football__Tweet) December 8, 2017 Inevitably, Thursday’s award reignited the debate as to who is the best player: Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi?Fans of the Portuguese star were keen to let Messi know the Argentine once held a 4-1 Ballon d’Or lead over Ronaldo.
When you're 4-1 up but then Ronaldo levels it up at 5-5. pic.twitter.com/Vhr4b1Ikyb
— GeniusFootball (@GeniusFootball) December 8, 2017 It’s been quite a year for the 32-year-old Ronaldo. As well as helping his club Real Madrid win four trophies — including La Liga and the Champions League — he’s also been busy in his domestic life …
Cristiano Ronaldo who is finished just made a historical comebackChampions League trophiesMessi 3-1 Ronaldo to 4-4Ballon d'OrMessi 4-1 Ronaldo to 5-5Champions League 2017 goal scorerMessi 11-2 Ronaldo to 11-12Even with kidsMessi 2-1 Ronaldo to 2-3Enough said.
— ⓫Abdallah M.⓫ (@Abdallah_rm11) December 8, 2017 While we’re talking about trophies, was Ronaldo more deserving than Messi of winning the Ballon d’Or statistically?
Who deserves the Ballon d'Or? ? pic.twitter.com/XGeOi24N8d
— B/R Football (@brfootball) December 7, 2017 But try telling Messi fans that …
Year 2017 stats individually:Most goals: MessiMost assists: MessiMost chances created: MessiMost successful dribbles: MessiMost through balls: MessiMost Key Passes: MessiMost man of the match awards: MessiBallon d'or? Cristiano Ronaldo pic.twitter.com/0jPA2oI8Pm
— Football Funnys (@FootballFunnys) December 8, 2017 However, given the month of December is traditionally a time of peace and goodwill, neutrals concentrated on celebrating two of the GOATs for their individuality.
— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) December 7, 2017 And just how lucky we are to have been able to watch them both at their peak.
If you’re ever sad, remember that the Earth is 4.543 billion years old……and you somehow existed at the same time as Lionel Messi AND Cristiano Ronaldo ? pic.twitter.com/EelWgxeCsp
— BigSport (@BigSportGB) December 7, 2017