Former Barcelona star, Xavi has insisted Ronaldo is the clear favourite to win the Ballon D’Or this year after winning both the Champions League and European Championships with Real Madrid and Portugal, respectively.
Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann, who lost both the Champions League and Euro 2016 finals, is also expected to be in contention to secure a place on the podium.However, it would be a huge surprise if Ronaldo, who was named as the Best Player in Europe by UEFA in August – doesn’t secure the coveted accolade for the fourth time in January.
“Ronaldo has a big chance to win this year’s Golden Ball having won the Champions League and the European Championship,” Xavi was quoted as saying by the Spanish newspaper. “But I also think it will be very competitive because there is [Lionel] Messi, of course.”
Reports claim that Xavi’s answer shocked the audience inside the Amsterdam Arena, where the Al Sadd midfielder was speaking, with Ronaldo’s recent comments at the forefront of their minds.