Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has backed Portuguese captain Cristiano Ronaldo for this year's Ballon d'Or award for the world's best footballer, according to Goal.
The Real Madrid attacker has shown his credibility as a worthy contender for the award, having netted an unbelievable number of goals in his last five matches.
And in an interview conducted on Thursday, the Prime Minister, who also reserved words of praise for Franck Ribery and Lionel Messi, said that the 28-year-old Galatico deserved the prize.
"I am a Real Madrid fan, I have always been a Madrid fan. If I had to vote I would vote for Ronaldo," the Spanish leader said in an interview with public radio.
Ronaldo scored a hat-rick against Sweden in Tuesday's World Cup qualifying second-leg to take his tally to 13 goals in his last six games for club and country.
"He scored three goals in Sweden. And I think he is in impressive form. He is a player who gives everything, who makes an all-out effort. Yes, I would vote for him," Rajoy said.
The Portuguese's chances rose even further when Fifa announced this when FIFA extended the voting deadline until November 29, and allowed participants to change ballots already cast; after citing a weak initial turnout.
But the Catalan sports newspapers and Barcelona Chief, which traditionally back Messi, reportedly cried foul over the Fifa decision, which comes as Ronaldo hits top form and Messi is sidelined with a torn hamstring muscle which should last for eight weeks.
Nevertheless, Spain's political leader, in an act of being diplomatic, also lauded Ronaldo's rivals for the prize.
"Obviously Messi also had a great season," he said.
"And Ribery won everything, right? Because they won the Champions League, and the European Super Cup and the German league."
The winner of this very prestigious award will be announced in January, 2014.
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