Ronaldo is the overwhelming favourite for the Ballon d'Or .

Roberto Carlos jokes about Cristiano Ronaldo winning the Ballon d'Or

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It's now nine years since a player that wasn't Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo won the Ballon d'Or.

Kaka was the last in 2007, but since then, the only question has been which of the La Liga superstars would be given the accolade each year.

While some years it's been tantalisingly close, this year, the odds are stacked immensely in CR7's favour. To be fair, if winning the Champions League and the European Championships isn't enough, then what is?


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It doesn't help, of course, that Messi's been in hot water with the authorities over his tax affairs in the last year, but Ronaldo's more than earned it on the pitch.

The 31-year-old hasn't actually won the Ballon d'Or yet as the ceremony isn't until January, but if it was judged by popular opinion, he'd have already walked away with the trophy months ago.

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That's an opinion shared by Real Madrid legend Roberto Carlos, so you don't have to just take our word for it.

"I think Cristiano Ronaldo already has the Ballon d'Or at home but he just has not told anyone yet," the former left-back joked, via the Independent.

"He has taken time to get back to being himself after the knee injury, but from now on he will show us all the Cristiano we all know, just like he played for Portugal.

"I wish him all the luck in the world."

Ronaldo on course for glory 

Carlos was obviously never going to pick a Barca player over a Los Blancos galactico, but he definitely knows a thing or two about what it takes to be a genuine world-beater.

In 2016, Messi has actually found the back of the net three times more than his old rival - 43 to Ronaldo's 40, to be precise.


The Portuguese has stepped up when his side have most needed him, however, scoring the winning penalty in the Champions League final against Atletico Madrid, before winning the Silver Boot at the Euros.

Meanwhile, his Argentinian counterpart followed a penalty miss in the Copa America final by walking away from international duty, only to come out of retirement shortly afterwards.

Add it all together, and it's easy to see why Ronaldo is seen as such a dead cert for the biggest prize in football.

Does Messi stand any chance of winning the Ballon d'Or? Have your say in the comments. 

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