Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo outclassed Barcelona’s Lionel Messi to become the world’s best player for the fifth time as the Portuguese goal machine took home the famous old trophy on Thursday in Paris. With the prestigious title ending up in Ronaldo’s hands, the Messi-Ronaldo rivalry which is now tied on five trophies apiece completed a decade of domination in the world of football. Both Ronaldo and Messi have dominated the game of football for 10 years as Ronaldo is level with Lionel Messi with 5 World best player of the Year trophies, something which no player has ever accomplished more than three times.

The 32-year old has been at the pinnacle of his career as the 3-time UEFA Champions League winner with Real Madrid has won the highest honour for the fourth time in five years. Ronaldo comprehensively topped the best-performing football player list with 946 points. Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi came second with 670 points while his former Camp Nou counterpart and current PSG talisman Neymar was third with 361 points. “This is something I look forward to every year,” the former Manchester United winger was quoted as saying. Cristiano then expressed his gratitude towards Real Madrid teammates and coach Zinedine Zidane. “Thanks to my Real Madrid team-mates. And I want to thank the rest of the people who helped me reach this level,” Ronaldo added.

Last season, the charismatic striker created history with the La Liga giants as Real Madrid became the first club to retain the UEFA Champions League title. The Portuguese captain was also instrumental for Real Madrid in their first La Liga title triumph since 2012. With an inspiring run for Real Madrid, Ronaldo was at his supreme best with Portugal as well last year by taking his national side to its first UEFA Euro title success in France.