Salgado elects magic Ronaldo for 2017 Ballon d’Or crown

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Michel Salgado waves at crowd in response to cheers
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Former Real Madrid defender Michel Salgado feels the Portuguese star will equal Lionel Messi’s five Ballon d’Or victories.

No doubt! Cristiano Ronaldo hopes to scoop all individual medals after a spectacular 2016/17 season. Ronaldo already has one in the bag; the 2017 UEFA Best Player of the Year award despite competition from Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and legendary goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus.

Ronaldo poses with his four Ballon d'Or crowns
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Now the 41-year-old former Los Blancos right back making his choice on who deserves the 2017 Ballon d’Or  award had this to say:

“They are both fantastic lads. The fact that we have both talents playing at a top level in this era is something that should be enjoyed,” Salgado told AS.

“But what matters is what Ronaldo has done and that’s for drawing level on five Ballon d’Or titles with Messi because he will win the next one. It’s incredible because Leo has technical qualities but Cristiano is absolutely magical.”

Interestingly, CR7 trailed Messi 1-4 on the globally acclaimed trophy by 2013. However, the Madeira born legend is now one win away from recording a 5-5 score in the exciting battle for supremacy between the two greats.

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Ivan is a young Ghanaian football journalist. He is a staunch fan of Real Madrid C.F. and sports in general. He discovered his unique admiration of Cristiano Ronaldo during the player's early days at Manchester United. Ivan was captured by the skill and personality of the then young Portuguese lad who showed so much confidence at such a big club. He is also a big fan of Cristiano's antics both on and off the pitch as controversies make this player what he truly is. Ivan usually spends his leisure time reading, watching sports documentaries and ancient story movies. He describes himself as a person who is always ready to learn at any opportunity and likes to have fun as well.

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