Madrid: Cristiano Ronaldo has insisted he is not obsessed with winning the Ballon d'Or for a second time in January despite a series of scintillating performances that have made him the strong favourite to win the award. (Also read: Spain Prime Minister backs Ronaldo for Ballon d'Or)
Ronaldo scored his fifth hat-trick of the season for club and country against Sweden in midweek to ensure Portugal will travel to next year's World Cup in Brazil and take his tally for the campaign to 31 goals in just 21 appearances. (Messi lauds Ronaldo's goal-scoring power)
FIFA's decision to extend the date for votes to be cast for the award from November 15 to November 29 is also expected to weigh heavily in Ronaldo's favour with Barcelona's Lionel Messi, winner of the award for the past four years, sidelined until the end of the year with a hamstring injury.