Cristiano Ronaldo all set for fourth Ballon d'Or coronation
What looks to be a poorly kept secret will officially be out tonight when Cristiano Ronaldo will bag his fourth Ballon d'Or as the world's top footballer
Paris: What looks to be a poorly kept secret will officially be out tonight when Cristiano Ronaldo will bag his fourth Ballon d'Or as the world's top footballer.
The Real Madrid and Portugal star won the Champions League for the second time in three seasons and third time overall after one title with Manchester United in 2008. He then led Portugal to their first major title at Euro 2016 — albeit he went off early through injury in the win over France.
As has been the case for almost a decade now, the 31-year-old's main rival will be Lionel Messi of Barcelona, but the Argentine maestro has had by his own exalted standards a less than stellar year, both for club and country, with the top prizes eluding him on both fronts.
Ronaldo was spotted midweek in training having dyed his hair gold in advance and for his club coach, there can only be one man for the crown this year.
"For me there is no debate. The Ballon will be for him," Zinedine Zidane said after his talisman's hat-trick saw off Atletico Madrid last month. "He showed it last season and he shows it again and again. We expect a lot of him but he stands above everyone," he added.
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