Lifting a Second Ballon d’Or Does Not Faze Ronaldo.

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo says he is not obsessed with winning a second Ballon d’Or in January despite his recent form which has seen him become the strong favourite to win the award.

The Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) will release the final three-man shortlist for the coveted award on December nine, but have extended the date for nominations to November 29 due to a low number of responses, while those who have submitted can change their mind. The prize itself will be presented in Zurich on January 13.

The Portuguese stars’ hat-trick against Sweden in midweek was his fifth for club and country and his 31 in 21 games. During the calendar year, he has scored 66 goals in 55 games. His four goals against Sweden in the World Cup playoff ensured Portugal’s place at next year’s World Cup in Brazil.

Cristiano Ronaldo and the Ballon d'Or in 2008 While a Manchester United Player.
Cristiano Ronaldo and the Ballon d’Or in 2008 While a Manchester United Player.

“I don’t think a lot about the Ballon D’Or,” Ronaldo said, while also disputing speculations in Madrid and his home town that he’s considering snubbing the presentation ceremony in protest at perceived bias towards three-time winner Lionel Messi and recent comments by Sepp Blatter, who claimed that Ronaldo “spends more time at the hairdresser” when asked to compare the two players.

Blatter subsequently apologised for the comments, prompting a lukewarm acknowledgement of his contrition from Ronaldo.

“I know that it is handed out in January, but I cannot say that I will not go.”

“I prefer to not say anything because things don’t depend solely on me. I am not obsessed with the Ballon d’Or. We will see what happens,” he added.

Franck Ribéry, Bayern Munich’s French winger, is another leading contender for the award and can outdo both Messi and Ronaldo thanks to his haul of trophies with the German champions this year. A Champions League, Bundesliga title and German Cup have been added to Ribéry’s CV and tangible success often counts for much more than individual achievements and statistics.

With Messi still recuperating from his recent hamstring injury, Ronaldo will have all the room to build on his impressive statistics on a game-by-game basis and leave a mark when the votes are being cast.


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