The Ballon d’Or is an award created by the French Magazine “France Football” in 1956, for the purpose of recognizing the world’s best football player every year. Up to 1995 it was awarded only to the best European player but after the famous Bosman ruling it was upgraded to include players of all nationalities that played in European teams and as of 2007 it includes all footballers from all over the world. Along with the Golden Shoe award, it is the highest recognition of merit any player can hope for.
This year’s Ballon d’Or has been awarded to Real Madrid’s forward Cristiano Ronaldo. This is the second award he wins in a row, and it will join the ones from 2008, 2013, 2014 and 2016 in his personal trophy case. This is sure to drive the odds up for his next games; you can compare them at our VIP-IBC platform.
The ceremony took place on December 7th at the Eiffel Tower in Paris, where Ronaldo participated along with other giants of the likes of Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Paris St-Germain’s Neymar Jr. This award brought Ronaldo equal to Messi at 5 awards each. Messi’s most recent ones being back in 2015. For the record, the votes brought Messi at second place and Neymar at third.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are the most awarded players in the world – nobody else has more than three.
Zinedine Zidane, Real Madrid’s manager, former France player and winner of the Ballon d’Or in 1998 said: “The stats speak for themselves. He’s the best player in the history of football. Cristiano Ronaldo is better than me by far, but I’m not bothered because I had a good career.”
Ronaldo has scored 418 goals in 412 games for Real Madrid, winning three Champions Leagues and two league titles in his first eight seasons. “This is something I look forward to every year,” he said.
The award will provide some solid benefits to the betting world. His own morale will get a boost so he will play that much better. His team’s morale will also get a boost and they will play along! Which means that whenever he shows on the field, the odds offered will make it worth the while of every bettor that’s out there to make some money out of his habit and fun!
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