Cristiano Ronaldo names his four Ballon D’Or rivals

Date published: Monday 24th July 2017 8:40

Cristiano Ronaldo believes that the 2017 Ballon D’Or will be between five players.

Ronaldo is the reigning Ballon D’Or winner and strong favourite to lift the away this year, despite there still being five months of the year left.

Ronald helped Real Madrid to a Champions League and La Liga double, the first time a team has retained the Champions League.

“Of course it is always going to be a fight between us,” Ronaldo told ESPN.

“I’m there along with [Lionel] Messi, Neymar, [Robert] Lewandowski and [Gonzalo] Higuain.

“That kind of fighting and competition is healthy and that is what motivates me, being better than them year after year.

“The best always try to compete with the best, it keeps you sharp. You know you can never lose focus because others will overtake you.”

Lewandowski and Higuain are slightly surprising names. It looks like defenders and central midfielders will again miss out completely.

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