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Cristiano Ronaldo claims fifth Balon d’Or and is proclaimed best ever by Zinedine Zidane

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Zinedine Zidane has claimed that Cristiano Ronaldo is the greatest player of all time, after the Real Madrid star picked up his 5th Balon d’Or.

Ronaldo’s win in the annual poll – his second in successive years – takes him level with his great rival Lionel Messi in most wins. He also won the award in 2008, 2013 and 2014.

The Ballon d’Or is voted for by 173 journalists from around the world, and has been awarded by France Football every year since 1956.

But Ronaldo’s record makes him the best ever, according to Zidane, who won the Balon d’Or himself in 1998.

“The stats speak for themselves,” he said. “He’s the best player in the history of football.

“He’ll always be up here for me. Many things have been said about him, and what he does out on the field every match is phenomenal.

“The other day I said that a player could come here and stay for 15 or 20 years and he’ll never do what he’s done. He’s made history at the club and will continue to do so and I hope he’ll retire here.”

Ronaldo, 32, has scored 418 goals in 412 games for Real, winning three Champions Leagues and two La Liga titles. He also captained Portugal to the Euro 2016 title. While his league form has been patchy this season, in the Champions League he became the first player to score in all 6 group games.

After winning the award, Ronaldo posted a message on Instagram saying: “Another dream come true. Unbelievable feeling. Thanks to my family, friends, teammates, coaches and everyone that stood by my side throughout the years.”

Real Madrid line up summer bid for Chelsea star Eden Hazard

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Spanish giants are reportedly lining up a bid for Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard in the summer, as manager Zinedine Zidane’s marquee signing.

Hazard has been in sparkling form for Chelsea this season, with 5 goals in 12 games, and Zidane believes that pairing the Belgian with Cristiano Ronaldo could bring out the best in the latter, according to Spanish news outlet Dario Gol.

Ronaldo has struggled for form this season, with just 2 goals to his name so far in La Liga – well below his usual high standards.

Hazard would not come cheap: the 25-year-old is approaching his peak as a player and, if he has a good showing at the World Cup in Russia, it could push his value even higher. It would certainly take a British record fee for Madrid to entice Chelsea into selling – the current record involving an English club is £89 million, which Manchester United paid Juventus for Paul Pogba – and probably north of £100 million.

However, in Madrid’s favour is that Hazard is a known fan of Zidane, as he told Belgian TV channel RTL recently. “Everyone knows the respect I have for Zidane as a player, but also as a manager. He was my idol. “To play under Zidane would be a dream.”

But Hazard did add that he was happy at Chelsea and is focused on playing for them.

Bookmaker releases surprising odds on Cristiano Ronaldo’s kids playing for Real Madrid or Manchester United

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A bookmaker has released its odds on one of Cristiano Ronaldo’s children playing for Real Madrid or Manchester United – and they are low.

Ronaldo became a star at Manchester United, and has since gone on to win a multitude of titles and awards at Real Madrid. Now father to three children, bookmakers are offering odds on one of them playing for either of the two sides. William Hill have given odds of 100/1 on it happening, according to a report in the Daily Mirror.

But perhaps the odds aren’t so surprising. Ronaldo Jr may only be 7 years old, but he is already showing signs he may be a chip off the old block, having already been filmed scoring free kicks and long-range screamers for his kid’s team.

It remains to been seem if Ronaldo’s baby twins exhibit similar signs – they can’t even walk yet.

Harry Kane the only British name on 30-man Ballon d’Or shortlist

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Tottenham Hotspur and England striker Harry Kane is the only British player to make the 30-man shortlist for the prestigious Ballon d’Or – although plenty of other Premier League players have made the cut.

Kane has been in superb form in 2017, scoring 43 goals in 37 games for club and country, and has established himself as England’s number one striker.

But he is the only British name there. Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale – a fixture on the list in recent years – misses out after a season plagued by injury. Jamie Vardy, who made last year’s list, isn’t included after a mediocre year for Leicester City.

Perhaps one English player to be disappointed to miss out is Kane’s team-mate Dele Alli, who has had a stellar 12 months that have seen him establish himself as a star in the Premier League and an automatic pick for England.

But the Premier League is well-represented in the shortlist, with 6 players included. They are: Philippe Coutinho and Sadio Mane from Liverpool, Chelsea midfielders Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante, Manchester United stopper David de Gea and Manchester City’s midfielder Kevin De Bruyne.

The favourites for the award are, as usual, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, who have shared the past 9 awards between them – Messi leads 5-4 – with Paris St-Germain pair Neymar and Kylian Mbappe also likely to be in contention.

The other nominees are: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Leonardo Bonucci (AC Milan), Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Edinson Cavani (Paris St-Germain), Paulo Dybala (Juventus), Edin Dzeko (Roma), Radamel Falcao (Monaco), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich), Isco (Real Madrid), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Dries Mertens (Napoli), Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) and Luis Suarez (Barcelona).

Cristiano Ronaldo sells one of Ballon d’Ors and makes £500,000 for charity

Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has auctioned a replica of one of his Ballon d’Or trophies – and raised £530,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation charity.

Ronaldo donated his 2013 replica to the charity auction held in London last weekend, according to Spanish newspaper Marca.

The trophy was bought by billionaire Idan Ofer – Israel’s richest person – and all of the money raised will go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants wishes to children with terminal or life-threatening medical conditions.

Ronaldo has a long history of giving to charity, and has donated to Save the Children, Unicef and World Vision over the years. In 2015, he was named the world’s most charitable sportsman.