This year's Ballon d'Or race is now probably limited to a two horse race after Lionel Messi was ruled out for two months with a thigh injury.
While we cannot overlook the scintillating performances of the Argentine wizard in the past season and his role in Barca's La Liga victory, he is unlikely to claim a record 5th 'Golden Ball'.
Cristiano Ronaldo's biggest rival now appears to be Franck Ribery; he was a very important part of the Bayern Munich's team which won Champions League, Bundesliga, German Cup and European Super Cup.
However, in this piece, Tanveer Dosani looks at some of the reasons why Cristiano Ronaldo will outshine the likes of Messi, Ribéry and Zlatan Ibrahimovic for the 2013 Ballon d'Or.
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