As expected, Cristano Ronaldo has been named the best player in the world by France Football, who awarded the Portuguese star with his fifth Ballon d’Or on Thursday in an elegant ceremony at the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
The Real Madrid star has had quite a year, having led Los Blancos to the La Liga title last season, as well as their second successive Champions League triumph.
Ronaldo was named the Best FIFA Men’s Player of 2017 by FIFA back in October. And he has quite unsurprisingly captured his fifth Ballon d’Or, tying Lionel Messi despite the Argentinian’s previous 4-1 lead in the personal contest.
While Ronaldo’s achievement surprised literally no one, Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante was ranked at No.8, the highest among Premier League players, ahead of the likes of his teammate Eden Hazard, Harry Kane, Kevin de Bruyne, Coutinho and David de Gea.
Of course, that came as a bit of a shock to many.
And if you continue scrolling, you’ll find some of the best Twitter reactions to the evening’s events.
Ronaldo and Messi: a decade of domination…
2008 – Ronaldo
2009 – Messi
2010 – Messi
2011 – Messi
2012 – Messi
2013 – Ronaldo
2014 – Ronaldo
2015 – Messi
2016 – Ronaldo
2017 – Ronaldo#BallondOrpic.twitter.com/LfXiyVIX0u
— ★ #TeamOfTheYear ★ (@ChampionsLeague) December 7, 2017
I simply hate The Hazardistas Chelsea fans. They are now starting to hate on Kante because he finished above him and in top 10 of Balon Dor.
Not the first time though. Kante literally received abuse for being voted POTY ahead of Hazard.
Chelsea Fans or Hazard Fans?
— Ankit Agrawal (@AnkitFooty) December 7, 2017
When the Barca fans who spent all year calling Kante talentless and brainless realise that it made no difference to the fact that he came 8th in the Ballon d’Or while Busquets was nowhere to be seen pic.twitter.com/2GmR7qAfdY
— ً (@FinlayCFC) December 7, 2017
How is the “Kante has no technical ability” myth still being thrown around in December 2017?
— Brian (@BRlANFC) December 7, 2017