Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo to land fifth Ballon d'Or

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Nike have accidentally dropped a hint that Cristiano Ronaldo will win the Ballon d'Or on Thursday.

The sportswear giants have released two new sets of CR7 boots ahead of tomorrow's big announcement.

In a ceremony that will take place in Paris on Thursday, Ronaldo will receive the 2017 Ballon d'Or award.

Pictures shared on Instagram show the words "Quinto Triumfo", or "fifth triumph" inscribed on the boots.

French publication France Football will name the victor of the coveted award this year.

Ronaldo is competing to match Lionel Messi's record of five wins in the individual award.

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez recently insisted Ronaldo would pick up the trophy this season. "A few days ago, he won his second "The Best" and this week he is going to win his fifth Ballon d'Or".

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Ronaldo, who has scored just twice in 10 league games this term for Los Blancos, will be up against Barcelona star Lionel Messi at Thursday's ceremony.

And it has arguably been one of the best years of his life off the pitch - after girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez gave birth to his fourth child.

Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde believes the Ballon d'Or has no value.

He said: 'I don't value any prize at all.

But the Argentine recognises that the fight for the Ballon d'Or has lost some of its gloss after so much success.

"At the moment the ball is not willing to go in, but as I said before, this is football and sometimes the ball doesn't want to get in the goal, but there's still time left until the end and he will score way more as usual". I'd rather not evaluate any of them'.


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