Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has performed a U-turn and will now attend January's Ballon d'Or ceremony, increasing speculation that he has won the award, according to Spanish radio station Cadena COPE.
The Portuguese superstar had reportedly decided in November not to attend the ceremony in Zurich after FIFA gave Lionel Messi and Franck Ribery 'more positive write ups' in their contender profiles section on their website.
Around the same time, Ronaldo expressed his anger towards FIFA president Sepp Blatter, following his comments to students at the Oxford Union that he preferred Messi.
However, reports that 2013 Ballon d'Or favourite Ronaldo has decided against boycotting the awards ceremony will lead many to believe that the prolific Real Madrid forward has done enough to secure the prestigious individual accolade for the second time in his career.
Ronaldo previously won the Ballon d'Or in 2008, while playing for Manchester United.
And despite failing to win a single major honour in 2013, the Portugal captain has scored over 60 goals for club and country, dragged his national team to the 2014 World Cup finals after a stunning display in the two-legged play-off against Sweden and set a record for scoring nine goals in the Champions League group stages.