Cristiano Ronaldo has conceded Lionel Messi is likely to win the Ballon d'Or despite the Portuguese superstar believing he had the best season of his career.
The Real Madrid forward scored a stunning 61 goals in the previous campaign and became the first ever player in Spanish history to surpass 50 strikes in five consecutive seasons.
However, his Barcelona 'rival' helped the Blaugrana to a historic league, cup and Champions League treble along with scoring 58 goals.
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The duo have enjoyed an incredible duopoly over FIFA's coveted award in recent years and Messi is likely to take his tally to five, ahead of Ronaldo's three.
The former Manchester United man admitted defeat with an exclusive interview with Jonathan Ross and admitted losing the award does not worry him.
As per the Mirror, he said: "To be honest I think Messi is going to win this year because this kind of trophy, it depends on votes. You win competitions, you win Champions League you win the league in terms of individual.
"I did probably the best season of my career which is good and I was the highest scorer in Europe [but] it's all about votes, it's difficult and, to be honest, I'm not very worried about that because as I said many times, I never [thought I'd] win three times to be honest."
Questions have been raised over Ronaldo's recent form as he appears to be struggling at the Bernabeu as of late.
The 30-year-old has scored eight goals in 11 La Liga games this season, but five of those came in the 6-0 drubbing of Espanyol.
However, we're sure most players in world football would love to be considered below their usual standard with that goal return.
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