Barcelona full-back Dani Alves believes Cristiano Ronaldo is currently ahead of the likes of Lionel Messi and Franck Ribery, reports Goal.com.
Alves, who currently plays alongside Messi for the Catalans, believes Ronaldo has been better than his rivals this year, but still doesn't think the Portuguese superstar will win the Ballon d'Or.
Ronaldo scored a sensational hat-trick against Sweden on Tuesday night to book Portugal's place in next summer's World Cup and many have called on the ex-Manchester United star to win the Ballon d'Or this time around.
However, despite Alves believing Ronaldo is currently ahead of the rest, the Barcelona ace still believes his teammate Messi and French international Ribery are the front runners for the award.
Speaking to AS, Alves said: "Cristiano is in a very, very rich vein of form. This year, I think he's slightly ahead of the rest.
"He's playing very well and he's scoring goals and that increases his chances. It's true that he hasn't won any trophies, but he has been in very good form.
However Alves believes the fact that Messi and Ribery both won silverware in last year's campaign gives the pair the edge on Ronaldo."
The Brazilian full-back continued by saying: "My bets are Messi and Ribery. If it isn't Messi, I'd give it to Ribery simply because he has won everything and he has led Bayern Munich to success on all fronts.
"To be in for the Ballon d'Or I think that you have to win some sort of team silverware."
Alves looks set to come up against the likes of Messi, Ronaldo and Ribery in next summer's World Cup.