Published On: Thu, Dec 7th, 2017

Real deal Ronaldo set for fifth Ballon d´Or

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“Leo is like Maradona for those of our generation,” said Messi´s compatriot, Juventus striker Paulo Dybala, himself tipped as a future winner.

“He dragged us to the World Cup with the hat-trick in Ecuador. He is a born leader.” Aside from Messi and Ronaldo the Ballon d´Or, originally conceived to honour only European players before going fully global in 2007, has three triple winners — Johan Cruyff, Michel Platini and Marco van Basten. This year´s winner is being announced live on the L´Equipe television channel, the French sports daily being owned by the same company as France Football.–Agencies


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