Cristiano Ronaldo tipped to take Ballon d'Or honours

Ronaldo himself claims he is not obsessed with the award, although he admits that he has saved a space for it in his recently-opened museum on his native island of Madeira.

updated: January 12, 2014 21:15 IST
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Paris: After years living in the shadow of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to lift the 2013 Ballon d'Or at Monday's award ceremony in Zurich, pipping the Argentine and Franck Ribery in the process.

National team coaches and captains as well as journalists from around the world have voted for the winner, with an initial 23-man shortlist being reduced to three last month.

Messi is a contender to win the trophy for a fifth successive year, but few are talking about the Barcelona star this time, with Bayern Munich's Ribery hoping his remarkable season at club level gives him the edge against the goalscoring exploits of Real Madrid and Portugal's Ronaldo.

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