Winning the Champions League, the European Championships and scoring 51 goals for your club in a single season should be enough to win you the Ballon d’Or, right?
Well, that, of course, is what Cristiano Ronaldo achieved last season as he goes in search of his fourth Ballon d’Or trophy. Either Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have won the prestigious accolade for the previous eight seasons - with Kaka the last player other than these two incredible talents to win the award back in 2007.
And, while the likes of Neymar and Luis Suarez have threatened to gatecrash the pair’s stranglehold on the trophy, it looks set to be another battle between Ronaldo and Messi for the 2016 edition.
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Messi, himself, didn’t exactly have a bad campaign. The La Liga and Copa del Rey title - as well as 41 goals for Barcelona represents a pretty decent season for most players. But, just weeks before Ronaldo lifted the Henri Delaunay trophy, Messi was missing a penalty in Argentina’s shootout loss in the Copa America final before announcing his international retirement.
Of course, there are still a few months of next season to be considered before the winner of the 2016 Ballon d'Or is announced in January, but Ronaldo seems quietly confident about his chances of winning.
"It's out of my hands,” he told AS, when asked about his chances of winning the award for a fourth time.
"But I'll admit that I'm in a good position given that I won the Champions League and the European Championships."
While the Portuguese superstar rates his chances as ‘good’, the bookies rate them even better. Ronaldo is 1/6 on with most firms to win the accolade meaning Messi must begin next campaign on fire to stand any chance of winning his sixth Ballon d’Or.
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