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Ronaldo: This Star Will End CR7 & Messi's Ballon d'Or Reign

Ronaldo Nazario: This Star Will End Cristiano Ronaldo & Lionel Messi's Ballon d'Or Reign

By David Kappel - Feb 06, 2018 09:00 PM @kappilinho

Former Real Madrid and Brazil striker Ronaldo Nazario has named who he believes will end Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi's Ballon d'Or reign, and explained why it could happen this year already.

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The 41-year-old won the Ballon d'Or in 1997 and 2002, and believes his countryman Neymar has the best chance to end Ronaldo and Messi's 10-year dominance of the accolade, with both superstars having lifted the prestigious Golden Ball five times.

"I think that, each time, Neymar is closer and closer to winning this individual prize," Ronaldo Nazario told SFR Sport, as quoted by ESPN.

"Even if the criteria are variable and depend a lot on team performance. I'm sure he's close to it; 2018 is an important year. There is the World Cup in Russia where a lot of things can be decided."

Ronaldo won his second Golden Ball in 2002 after guiding Brazil to the FIFA World Cup title in Japan and South Korea, and believes something similar could happen this year.

"If you score a goal in the (World Cup) final, you'll have a great chance of winning the trophy as best player, so I support him, and I think that sooner or later, he'll win it," he added.

"If it's not this year, it'll be next year, because he's a player with a lot of potential. And the Brazilians are nostalgic about having one of their own as the best player in the world."

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Neymar has already scored 27 goals and assisted another 16 strikes in just 26 appearances for Paris Saint-Germain following his world record move from Barcelona. However, his biggest test yet as a PSG player will come on 14 February, when Les Parisiens face Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16.

Do you think Neymar can beat Messi and Ronaldo to the Ballon d'Or this year? Have your say in the comments section below.


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clemz7 Joined: 29 Dec 2013
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clemz7 Feb 08, 2018 07:06 PM
Ok
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Nick#10 Joined: 08 Dec 2016
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Nick#10 Feb 07, 2018 03:05 PM
If it's not next year it will be next of next year
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chipi07 Feb 07, 2018 09:30 AM
@ZZ2 vs Papa charles SA Football will never grow because of people like you who don't use thier brain. I think a normal football fan will never compare EUFA Champions League with corrupt and disorganised african champions league. Percy Tau qualifies to play in the Lower divisions in European football
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ZZ2 vs Papa charles Feb 07, 2018 08:47 AM
brazil won worldcup in 2002 bcos of 3players Rivaldo,cafu&carlos, yes he was a leading goalscorer but he was not convincing,when brazil lost 3nil to ZZ he fake bowel disorder!he never reach champions league final!!who could blame me if i say Percy tau achieved moredan him cos he won champions league,pls editor educate millenium bloggers abt real legend Rivaldo
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wash & wear Feb 07, 2018 08:47 AM
Thats true neymar is talented he'll dominate sooon after joining the biggest n succesful team in the world madrid
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malesetati Feb 07, 2018 08:26 AM
That is true
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Viscose Feb 07, 2018 07:52 AM
Ronaldo we know Neymar is your country man but are you really sure the boy Neymar is mature enough to challenge Messi. Talk from the bottom of your heart. I am sure to count 3 -5 from now before he can get that individual trophy. Mark my words Messi don't force to get goals from sport kick like Neymar is challenging Cavan.
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Pasodoble Feb 07, 2018 06:51 AM
Iniesta scored the winning goal at the 2010 SWC and didn't win ballon d'or. yes it might have been the case during Ronaldo's time when heavy giants of football were not as heavy as LM10 and CR7 but that has been a different case in the past decade. Neymar will do alot....like alot lot to unseat those two atop the throne. kaboom!!!!
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Benny Mathenjwa Feb 07, 2018 06:40 AM
The only way to be above messi is by penalties awafuna ngenkani
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STIGA18 Feb 07, 2018 06:05 AM
He's a very good player BT his attitude might cause him
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salathiso Feb 07, 2018 05:49 AM
This means Sundowns' Percy Tau stands a chance to win it as well. Has Ronaldo looked @ the Leaugue which Neymar is trading in now? Very weak League compared to EPL, Laliga, Bundesliga or even Serie A. No wonder now he left Barca. He wanted to shine in these weak leagues. Motsepe must consider signing him so that he can win ballorn dour.
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Qondeni Feb 07, 2018 02:54 AM
If this two Champs doesn't pull up their socks then yes I agree.
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ZZ2 vs Papa charles Feb 06, 2018 11:16 PM
@KING~PHAZAMISA~RETURNS kane is lyk Gabuza but salah style suit barca
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KING~PHAZAMISA~RETURNS Feb 06, 2018 10:36 PM
Il personally love it if either Salah or Kane take over frm King Messi and Penaldos
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KING~PHAZAMISA~RETURNS Feb 06, 2018 10:34 PM
Kane And Salah are starting to be more influential than Neymar#truth hurts
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KING~PHAZAMISA~RETURNS Feb 06, 2018 10:33 PM
Neymar will only win it once King Leo and Penaldo retired for now he should just continue wth his dream land
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Ricworld Feb 06, 2018 10:17 PM
In your wet dreams madala!!!!!
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Sucker Punch The Legend Feb 06, 2018 09:50 PM
Take a chill pill wena so called "Legend" because your Neymar is not even contesting for top three this time around. He won't even be the player of the season at PSG, so how dare.....?
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clemz7 Feb 06, 2018 09:43 PM
Mina I vote for Salah
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Faysal Feb 06, 2018 09:26 PM
Not now legend mybe after messi win 2 ballons

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