Cristiano Ronaldo remains the clear favorite to win the Ballon d’Or for the fifth time in his career.
The Portugese international is likely to pip Lionel Messi for the alocade, with the duo having dominated the award for the last decade.
Leite Kaka was the last player to claim it before them.
However, Ronaldo is being tipped to win it after leading Real Madrid to La Liga and Champions League glory last season.
But this hasn’t stopped him from calling his rival Messi to talk about the award ahead of the ceremony, which will be held on December 7’th.
It is said that the former Manchester United man has made the call to respect his rival, after Messi was suggested to be the winner.
And Messi returned the favor by congratulating him on his achievements.
Don Balon have detailed through a report how Ronaldo has started to believe that Messi actually may be the real winner after an impressive start of the season.
So far, the 30-year-old has scored 16 goals in 17 matches played this campaign in all compatitions, compared to Ronaldo’s eight in 13.