The organiser, France Football, announced Ronaldo as the winner in a ceremony in Paris on Thursday evening after he was voted the world’s best player by a selection of leading journalists, national coaches and their captains.
The accolade caps another trophy-laden year for the 32-year-old, having spearheaded Madrid’s run to the La Liga title with 25 league goals and claimed the fourth Champions League winners’ medal of his career – a tournament in which he displayed his ruthless goalscoring at its best.
Ronaldo scored five goals against Bayern Munich across two legs in the quarter-finals, including a hat-trick at the Bernebeu, struck another hat-trick to knockout Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals and scored twice in the final as Real saw off Juventus 4-1 in Cardiff.
Messi came second in the voting after finishing on top of La Liga’s scoring charts with 37 goals at the end of the 2016-17 season as Barca missed out on the title by three points. He scored one and created another as Barcelona won the Copa del Rey final, but could do nothing to prevent a heavy defeat to Juventus in the Champions League quarter-finals following the momentous comeback win over Paris Saint-Germain in the previous round.
Neymar finished third after an impressive year both at Barcelona and PSG, while his teenage team-mate in Paris Kylian Mbappe ranked seventh. The Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos finished sixth, with his team-mate Luka Modric fifth and Juve’s Gianluigi Buffon fourth.
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