Buffon fourth in Ballon d’Or

Juventus and Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has been named fourth in the Ballon d’Or rankings for 2017, as Cristiano Ronaldo won again.

SuperGigi is due to retire at the end of this season and won his sixth consecutive Serie A title, Coppa Italia and reached the second Champions League Final in three years.

His Bianconeri teammate Paulo Dybala finished 15th, with current Milan defender Leonardo Bonucci 21st, Roma striker Edin Dzeko 28th and Dries Mertens of Napoli 29th.

France Football released the full list in a gradual countdown before crowning winner Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid.

This is the fifth edition of the trophy for CR7, who therefore equals the tally of second-placed Lionel Messi. Former Barcelona striker Neymar, now at Paris Saint-Germain, completes the podium.

Ballon d’Or 2017 final ranking:

1 Cristiano Ronaldo, 2 Lionel Messi, 3 Neymar, 4 Gianluigi Buffon, 5 Luka Modric, 6 Sergio Ramos, 7 Kylian Mbappé, 8 N’Golo Kante, 9 Robert Lewandowski, 10 Harry Kane, 11 Edinson Cavani, 12 Isco, 13 Luis Suarez, 14 Kevin De Bruyne, 15 Paulo Dybala, 16 Marcelo, 17 Toni Kroos, 18 Antoine Griezmann, 19 Eden Hazard, 20 David De Gea, 21 Leonardo Bonucci and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 23 Sadio Mane, 24 Radamel Falcao, 25 Karim Benzema, 26 Jan Oblak, 27 Mats Hummels, 28 Edin Dzeko, 29 Dries Mertens and Philippe Coutinho

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