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Tuesday 19 June 2018

Ronaldo wants a seventh FIFA title

Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo won his fifth FIFA award for best men's player and then said he wants seven to match his lucky number.

Ronaldo retained the prize after scoring 44 goals in 48 appearances in 2017, 33 for Real Madrid and 11 for Portugal.

The forward collected his trophy at a ceremony held at the London Palladium on Monday, with fellow nominees Lionel Messi and Neymar both in the crowd.

Messi voted for his Barcelona team-mate Luis Suarez in first place while Ronaldo also went for a team-mate in Madrid midfielder Luka Modric.

Neither Ronaldo nor Messi included each other in their top three nominations.

Asked how many times he could win the accolade, Ronaldo said: "I want seven.

"Five is good but seven is my lucky number so seven would be great."

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