Portugal victory this Sunday has seal the award for Ronaldo, but a France triumph will situate Griezmann as the favourite for the prize. It’s winner takes it all!When Lionel Messi retired from international football having failed in a final with Argentina for a third successive year, Cristiano Ronaldo must have punched the air and jumped for joy. A fourth Ballon d’Or was certainly his.How could it not be? He scored 51 goals in 48 appearances for Real Madrid last season, pulled away from his Barcelona arch-nemesis Messi in the Champions League all-time goalscorer tally, and bagged the winning penalty as his club conquered Europe.Ronaldo dragged Portugal sleepwalking out of the group stage when Hungary had them on the ropes. Then, in the semi-finals against GarethBale and Wales, his goal and assist fired Portugal to within touching distance of European Championship glory. He’s been a fantastic, if occasionally fractious, captain.

 

 

 

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