Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo looks set to win the 2013 Ballon d'Or, after informing reporters that he will attend next Monday's ceremony in Zurich.
Speaking after Real's 3-0 win over Celta Vigo, Ronaldo told journalists: "I am going to the gala; I don't know if I should win, if I do, great, if not, life goes on".
The 28-year-old looked set to snub his invite after reports in the Spanish press claimed the prolific forward was unhappy over, in his view, FIFA's preferential treatment of rival 2013 Ballon d'Or contenders Lionel Messi and Franck Ribery.
However, Spanish radio station Cadena COPE reported in December that Ronaldo had performed a U-turn, leading to speculation that he had amassed enough votes to win the award.
And now Ronaldo, who won the 2008 Ballon d'Or, has confirmed that he will attend.
The Portugal captain is the overwhelming favourite to win the prestigious individual accolade ahead of Ribery and four-time Ballon d'Or winner Messi thanks to his stunning goalscoring exploits for club and country over the past 12 months.