Cristiano Ronaldo all set for Ballon d’Or awards ceremony
Speculation suggests Ronaldo will win the award this year, and with the incredible year the Portugal international has had he surely is a top candidate for the award. However, Messi and Ribery aren’t far behind. Both players have not only impressed with statistics, but made huge contributions towards the success of their teams.
Messi will certainly be looking forward towards retaining his crown, an achievement which will go down in the pages of history. The four-time Ballon d’Or winner might only fall out of the competition because of his injuries. The Argentinean hit-man was riddled with injuries last year, which caused a dip in form and lesser number of appearances for Barcelona.
On the other hand Ribery, who was recently hailed as the best player in the Bundesliga for the first half of the season, helped Bayern Munich towards a treble which included the DfB-Pokal, Bundesliga and Champions League title. Therefore, Ribery will give Ronaldo a run at the title.
Ronaldo, who won his first Ballon d’Or when he was with Manchester United, insists he is ready for the prestigious event. The 28-year-old Portugal international was talking to reporters after Real Madrid’s 3-0 win over Celta Vigo on Monday.
“That subject is closed and I do not want to talk any more about it,” Ronaldo told AS. “I can only say that I will go to the gala. If I win then very good, and if not then life goes on.”
Unlike his traditional game plan, Ronaldo was quite on the wing for the entire game, except for the last ten minutes where he fired two quick goals to take Real Madrid to a convincing victory at the Bernabeu.
Ronaldo said that both of his goals were a tribute to the Portugal legend Eusebio, who recently passed away. A minute of silence was also observed as respect for the Portugal icon before the game began.
“I appreciate the tribute that the stadium and Spain have paid to him,” Ronaldo said. “To feel the warmth of Spain and the rest of the world is very important. I was very close to him and he helped me a lot. He is a legend for me and today is a sad day and, obviously, the goals were for him.”