After seeing off Napoli, Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid in the knock-out rounds Ronaldo scored twice in a 4-1 win over Juventus in the final, taking his tally to 12 goals in the competition that season. "Last season was exceptional. We won the league and the Champions League, where I was again the top scorer," Ronaldo told French daily L'Equipe. Real have a staggering seven players on the shortlist of 30 with Karim Benzema, Marcelo, Isco, Luka Modric, Sergio Ramos and Toni Kroos all nominated alongside their talisman Ronaldo. The only other Barca player other than Messi, is the Uruguayan centre-forward Luis Suarez. On the prospect of equalling Messi's five wins Ronaldo quipped: "I want seven. Five is good but seven is my lucky number so seven would be great." "I want seven children and seven Ballons d'Or."
Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo all set to clinch his 5th Ballon d'OrRead: https://t.co/jCg6vWAayX pic.twitter.com/7TNwQvNILf — Deccan Chronicle (@DeccanChronicle) December 6, 2017
Messi in contrast tops the Liga scoring charts with 13 goals and also secured a brilliant hat-trick for Argentina against Ecuador to clinch a last-gasp World Cup place in October, earning wide praise. "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.
Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo all set to clinch his 5th Ballon d'OrRead: https://t.co/f7cv2facsq pic.twitter.com/ysVvTdIlVA — DC Sports (@_DCSports) December 6, 2017
Don't miss the Ballon d'Or ceremony on Thursday from the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Will Ronaldo win it for the fifth time? pic.twitter.com/ddUKJkEqVg— SuperSport (@SuperSportTV) December 5, 2017