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Ronaldo Named The Best In 2017, Equals Messi Record

Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has beaten Lionel Messi to the prestigious FIFA The Best Men's Player 2017 award, equalling his longstanding rival's record.

Click through the mini-gallery above to see which trophies Ronaldo has picked up since the beginning of the 2016/17 campaign.

The 32-year-old, who won the award in 2016, was the favourite to lift the prestigious individual trophy following his heroics in 2016/17 – FIFA changed the format of the award from going along with the calendar year to being based on performances in the previous campaign.

Ronaldo claimed the award on the back of lifting four trophies with Los Blancos last season, namely the La Liga title, the UEFA Champions League trophy, the FIFA Club World Cup and the UEFA Super Cup.

The Portuguese was in tremendous form towards the end of last season, scoring 10 goals in Real's last five 2016/17 Champions League games – five against Bayern Munich in the quarter-final, three against Atletico Madrid in the semi-final and a brace against Juventus' resilient defence in the decider.

In addition, he also netted six strikes in Real's last five games on their way to their first Spanish top flight title win since 2012 – only the second since Ronaldo joined the club in 2009 – and was named Player of the Tournament at the FIFA Club World Cup after scoring four times.

Overall, Ronaldo scored 42 goals and assisted another 12 strikes in 46 appearances for Real last season. Messi outscored his counterpart, netting 54 goals and assisting a further 16 strikes in 52 appearances, but only lifted the Copa del Rey and Spanish Super Cup.

This is Ronaldo's fourth FIFA award in the past five years, which means he has now drawn level with his longstanding rival.

He won the award in 2008, before Messi claimed the accolade four times between 2009 and 2012. However, since 2013, Ronaldo claimed it four times (2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017), while Messi only added one trophy in 2015 to his collection.

Read: FIFA Announce 2017 World Team Of The Year

FIFA renamed the former FIFA World Footballer of the Year award to The Best Men's Player accolade last year after ending their six-year partnership with France Football for the FIFA Ballon d'Or, which had been handed out between 2010 and 2015. The winner of the 2017 Ballon d'Or, which has often been referred to as the European Footballer of the Year award, will be announced in December.

Do you think Ronaldo deserves to lift the highest individual award in world football for his performances in 2016/17? Have your say in the comments section below.

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