Rio Ferdinand thinks his former teammate Cristiano Ronaldo should easily win the prestigious award tonight judging by his tweet
Cristiano Ronaldo is the overwhelming favourite to win the Ballon d'Or tonight after a superb year. He is up against Lionel Messi and Franck Ribery but he is expected to pick up his the prize for the second time having won it in 2008.
Lionel Messi has won the award four times before but Ronaldo has stepped up his game in the last year and it was his displays for Portugal against Sweden in the World Cup play-off that confirmed that Ronaldo should indeed win this award.
Messi has struggled with a few injuries whilst Ronaldo has gone from strength to strength. Cristiano has received support from former teammate Rio Ferdinand ahead of the ceremony. Ferdinand said he would run down his street 'butt naked' if Ronaldo didn't win the award.
If @Cristiano doesn't win the Balon D'or tonight.....I will run down the street butt naked! Won't be a great sight I tell ya!! Come on CR7!— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) January 13, 2014
Rio certainly seems confident Ronaldo has it wrapped up, and let's hope he does after that horrifying image Ferdinand just gave us.
The fact at 28 Ronaldo still seems to be improving, getting faster, stronger, scoring more goals, just shows he really is one of the greatest ever players. In 2013 he scored an incredible 66 goals in 55 games, with eight hat-tricks in the process. Messi and Ribery have had great years too, but Ronaldo has been something else.
Tomorrow expect your papers to be full of news and pictures of Ronaldo with the award. If not then you may be seeing some disturbing pictures of Ferdinand instead.
image: © Jan S0L0