Who does the Portugal superstar consider his competitors for the upcoming Ballon d’Or award.
Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has named the four players he considers rivals for the Ballon d’Or award. Despite being the odds-on favourite, the Portuguese superstar isn’t taking anything for granted, and still believes the result isn’t a foregone conclusion. Speaking to ESPN in China, Ronaldo said, “Of course it is always going to be a fight between us. I’m there along with [Lionel] Messi, Neymar, [Robert] Lewandowski and [Gonzalo] Higuain.”
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have dominated the Ballon d’Or in the last decade, with Brazilian superstar Kaka the last player apart from the superstar duo to win the award in 2007. Lionel Messi leads the way with 5 Ballon d’Or awards, while Ronaldo follows closely behind with 4, having drawn closer for his heroics in the 2016 calendar year. Ronaldo is all set to tie Lionel Messi this year, as the Portuguese superstar enjoyed a stellar first half of 2017, scoring some crucial goals to guide Real Madrid to the La Liga title and an historic 2nd consecutive UEFA Champions League.
Lionel Messi remains the major rival for the Ballon d’Or award this year, as the Argentinian wizard had a stellar season personally, but failed to guide Barcelona to their major targets, ending up with a solitary trophy in the form of a Copa del Rey. Ronaldo had a chance to further cement his status as a Ballon d’Or favourite this summer, but Portugal fell in the semifinals of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup to eventual runners-up Chile. The fact that Ronaldo named Lionel Messi and Neymar as rivals seems obvious enough – the trio are widely acknowledged as a level above the rest. The fact that the Portuguese superstar also named Robert Lewandowski and Gonzalo Higuain alongside those names as rivals perhaps reveals what Ronaldo considers to be the most important factor – goals and trophies.