- France Football delegation suddenly visited Cristiano in Turin which makes him a potential winner, as per Corriere dello Sport.
- Virgil van Dijk and Messi are believed to be other favourites, however, Ronaldo is now ahead of the duo.
- Messi recently beat the Portuguese for FIFA The Best while Van Dijk scooped the UEFA POTY award.
According to one of the leading Italian news outlets, Corriere dello Sport, Cristiano Ronaldo has jumped ahead of Leo Messi in the 2019 Ballon d’Or race. They claim the Portuguese striker has been recently visited by France Football representatives. There could be just one reason behind their sudden arrival at Juventus’ headquarters.
The newspaper describes the whole situation as ‘significant leaks from Paris’. Corriere believe France Football delegations even had dinner with Ronaldo and Juventus director Fabio Paratici.
The Ballon d’Or ceremony will take place on December 2, in more than one month. Last week, the 30-man shortlist was announced. Cristiano made the cut, as well as Leo Messi and Virgil van Dijk, the reported favourites to win the award.
It sounds rather strange that Ronaldo could possibly scoop the Ballon d’Or. He lost both FIFA The Best and UEFA Player of the Year awards. It was Leo Messi who was named FIFA The Best last month.
Ballon d’Or incoming despite all the rumours? Relive the incredible moment of Messi receiving FIFA The Best award:
Last season, Ronaldo only managed to score 28 goals in 43 matches for Juventus, 23 fewer than Leo Messi. In total, the Argentine netted 51 times. He finished as both La Liga and Champions League leading scorer. 36 league goals earned Messi his record-breaking sixth Golden Shoe.
Messi’s only rival could be Virgil van Dijk who played a crucial role in Liverpool‘s Champions League winning campaign. The defender scooped the UEFA Player of the Year accolade.