The Ballon d’Or is the next big event in the world of football. It is when the essence of the team sport is put aside for a while in order to crown the best player in the world for this year.
Lionel Messi has already been crowned FIFA's The Best Men’s Player and is among the frontrunners to win the Ballon d’Or award, which is bestowed by France Football.
We have already discussed why Lionel Messi could win it, and looked at Sadio Mane's candidature. However, Cristiano Ronaldo’s name has also been among the candidates and as a five-time winner, he will always be in consideration. Here are three reasons why he might go on to win it…
3. Personal Numbers
When all is said and done, the Ballon d’Or is a trophy given to the best player in the world. In other words, a player whose individual records far outweigh the others is also considered for this trophy.
It is for this reason that Ronaldo – and not Franck Ribery – won this award in 2013 despite not winning anything significant. Last season, he scored 28 goals from just 43 matches and this season, he has six from 14 matches.
For Portugal, he has scored 14 goals from just 10 matches as he successfully led them to European qualification, apart from the UEFA Nations League title.
2. Serie A Title
It must be said that the Serie A title is not really much big of a deal for Juventus since they have been winning it since 2012. The Old Lady’s reign of dominance only got better with the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Portuguese was in tremendous form for the Old Lady. As mentioned above, he scored 28 goals in all competitions and 21 of them came from just 31 games as he led Juventus to their eighth league title in a row.
As shocking as this sounds, the Ballon d’Or can sometimes be dubbed as a publicity stunt due to the number of times an undeserving candidate won it. Lionel Messi won the trophy in 2010 when Wesley Sneijder won the treble with Inter and also helped his side reach the final of the World Cup.
Cristiano Ronaldo, too, won it in 2013 when he was up against Franck Ribery, who won it all that year with Bayern Munich and finished in second place behind the Portuguese in the final Ballon d’Or rankings.
Something like that could always happen in the Ballon d’Or selection, and that could see Ronaldo nabbing it this time.
Cristiano Ronaldo could win the Ballon d'Or and here are three reasons why...