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Ronaldo in line to win FIFA Ballon d'Or again

Cristiano Ronaldo

Bengaluru, December 5: Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo looks the overwhelming favourite for the FIFA Ballon d'Or which will be presented on Thursday (December 7) in France.

The Portugal captain along with Barcelona star Lionel Messi and his ex team-mate Neymar, who moved to Paris Saint-Germain at the start of the season, are among those in a 30-member short list for the most prestigious award in football.

The award is presented by the weekly football magazine France Football to the player it deems to be the best in the world over the calendar year. The jury comprises a panel of journalists.

Ronaldo has won the FIFA honour three times (2013, 2014 and 2016) and if he wins it again, then the 32-year-old will equal his long-time Argentinian adversary Messi who has won it a record four times (2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015).

Ronaldo has already won the FIFA's Best Player award this year in October and it would be a grand double if he wins the Ballon d'Or on Thursday.

The rivalry between Ronaldo and Messi is set to resume this month when La Liga champions Real take on archrivals Barcelona in the El Clasico on December 23.

The event will be held at the iconic at the Eiffel Tower in Paris 7.45pm local time (12.15am IST, Friday).

The Ballon d'Or nominees

Player Teams
Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid & Portugal
Eden Hazard Chelsea & Belgium
Leonardo Bonucci AC Milan & Italy
Isco Real Madrid & Spain
Kylian Mbappe PSG & France
Neymar PSG & Brazil
Luka Modric Real Madrid & Croatia
Paulo Dybala Juventus & Argentina
Marcelo Real Madrid & Brazil
N'Golo Kante Chelsea & France
Luis Suarez Barcelona & Uruguay
Sergio Ramos Real Madrid & Spain
Jan Oblak Atletico Madrid & Slovenia
Philippe Coutinho Liverpool & Brazil
Dries Mertens Napoli & Belgium
Kevin De Bruyne Manchester City & Belgium
Robert Lewandowski Bayern Munich & Poland
David de Gea Manchester United & Spain
Harry Kane Tottenham & England
Edin Dzeko Roma & Bosnia-Herzegovina
Antoine Griezmann Atletico Madrid & France
Gianluigi Buffon Juventus & Italy
Radamel Falcao Monaco & Colombia
Sadio Mane Liverpool & Senegal
Toni Kroos Real Madrid & Germany
Lionel Messi Barcelona & Argentina
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Borussia Dortmund & Gabon
Edinson Cavani PSG & Uruguay
Mats Hummels Bayern Munich & Germany
Karim Benzema Real Madrid & France
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    Story first published: Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 12:46 [IST]
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