Ronaldo icon set to retain Ballon d’Or crown

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Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo is set to receive his fifth Ballon d’Or crown on Thursday night – and the Spanish International will pick up the trophy at the Eiffel Tower.

The award has been dominated by Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in the last nine years, and the Portuguese is set to join the Argentine on five triumphs apiece.

Ronaldo, 32, is the overwhelming favourite to claim the award, after leading Los Blancos to European and La Liga glory last season.

He has already scooped FIFA’s ‘The Best’ award and is set to be presented as the winner on December 7, at 18:45 UK time.

The event, organised by France Football, will see former Newcastle and Tottenham winger David Ginola present the award.

 

Michael Owen was the last Englishman to win the award, in 2001.

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