Manchester United icon picks up third Ballon d’Or

Former Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo has retained the Ballon d’Or following last year’s victory and has now picked up the award on three occasions, Skysports reports.

The 29-year-old Real Madrid attacker was named the winner ahead of Barcelona’s Lionel Messi as well as Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer, recieving 37.66% of the votes.

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He first won the award back in 2008 when it was still known as FIFA’s World Player of the Year after a sensational year which saw him score 56 goals in 51 matches for Madrid.

After winning the Ballon d’Or Ronaldo said: “I would like to thank all of those who voted for me. It has been an incredible year. I would like to continue the work that I have done so far.

“I want to try to improve, to become better as each day goes by. I never thought that I would bring this trophy back home on three occasions. I want to become one of the greatest players of all time.”

Last year Ronaldo ended Messi’s consecutive four year winning streak in regards to this award with the Portuguese captain now needing only one more to equal the tally set by the Argentine star.