Could Cristiano Ronaldo boycott the Ballon d'Or?

Cristiano Ronaldo's spat with Michel Platini appears to have taken it's toll on the winger, as he threatens to boycott the Ballon d'Or.

The Real Madrid winger is currently the bookies favourite the win the award, which would end Lionel Messi's run of winning four consecutive Ballon d'Or titles.

Ronaldo's incredible record of 25 goals in just 18 games in all competitions for Real Madrid has him poised to clinch his first Ballon d'Or, whilst his hat-trick in the second leg of Portugal's World Cup qualifying playoff against Sweden showed people that he is just as good as Messi.

However, UEFA president Michel Platini said that FIFA extended the deadline for voting to after Ronaldo's hat-trick in order to give the former Manchester United man a better chance of winning.

"The voting extension was a Fifa decision, though it happened to coincide with Portugal reaching the World Cup thanks to three goals from Ronaldo against Sweden. It may be that Fifa has done it to please Cristiano..."

Ronaldo, 28, has – unsurprisingly – reacted to those comments, saying that he may choose to boycott the ceremony in protest to Platini's claims.

"I think that [Platini] was trying to provoke me," Ronaldo said. "I will not respond. On the day of the Ballon d'Or ceremony I may be in Spain or in Zurich... or in Madeira."

Ronaldo, who is currently sidelined with a thigh injury, is entitled to feel insulted by Platini's comments but it has since been reported that Platini was joking. This isn't the first time Ronaldo has clashed with a high profile name, as the recent row with FIFA president Sepp Blatter also caused rumours that Ronaldo wouldn't attend the Ballon d'Or ceremony. Blatter said that Ronaldo had “more expenses for the hairdresser” than Lionel Messi, and despite Blatter also stating he was joking, Ronaldo refused his apology and promptly celebrated by mocking the Swiss chief.

Voting is now closed and the ceremony will take place on the 13th of January, 2014. This feels like the most drama-filled Ballon d'Or in living memory, and the forgotten man in all this is Bayern Munich midfielder Franck Ribery, who is also in contention for the award.

image: © Jan Solo

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