He is a former Galactico and multiple Ballon d’Or winner himself…
Former Real Madrid player Ronaldo has backed his namesake Cristiano to win the upcoming Ballon d’Or award, reports Goal.com.
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The Brazilian also believes that compatriot Neymar will be challenging for the honour in future years. The national team captain was on the shortlist for the award this year, but failed to make it to the final.
The other two players joining the new Ronaldo in the last three are his long time rival Lionel Messi and Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. However, the Portuguese is expected to blow away the competition after a fantastic year in which he won the Champions League, top scoring in the competition along the way.
The old Ronaldo believes that playing in a great Real Madrid side also gives the forward an advantage over his competitors.
“It’s very nice to see this Real Madrid team play,” he told Cope. “The team has a lot of quality in midfield and has Cristiano, who is very inspired every time he plays.”
“This year I have no doubt that the Ballon d’Or will be for Cristiano. This year he has quite an advantage.”
Los Blancos are currently on a record breaking winning run of nineteen matches and the 29-year-old has been a key part of this, already scoring over twenty times in all competitions.