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5 players that could hinder Cristiano Ronaldo from winning the Ballon d'Or this year

Jidonu Mauyon
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France v Croatia - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Final
Luka Modric and Kylian Mbappe

The race to win the Ballon d'Or award this year is getting hotter every day, with many top superstars raising their games and fighting intensely for the chance to be named the best player in the world.

New Juventus signing, Cristiano Ronaldo is considered by many as the favorite to win the prestigious accolade this term. After leading Real Madrid to claim their third consecutive UEFA Champions League trophy during the previous campaign, there is no doubt the Portuguese stands a great chance of claiming the coveted prize once again.

However, the attacker should be ready for a great competition this year, with other incredible superstars also emerging as strong candidates to win the award. As a matter of fact, the recently-concluded World Cup tournament and the newly begun campaign has thrown the Ballon d'Or race open to a certain extent.

Therefore, we take a look at 5 incredible superstars that could hinder the Portuguese from winning the decorated prize this year:

#5. Antoine Griezmann

Valencia CF v  Club Atletico de Madrid - La Liga
Griezmann tasted success at both club and international levels

By virtue of his incredible performances and achievements during the year, Atletico Madrid sharpshooter, Antoine Griezmann has also emerged as one of the strongest candidates to rival Cristiano Ronaldo for the Ballon d'Or award this term.

The attacker had a great outing last season, bagging a massive 29 goals and 15 assists across all competitions and helping Atletico to claim the UEFA Europa League. He also won the UEFA Super Cup with the Rojiblancos as well as guiding his nation to win the prestigious World Cup trophy in Russia last month.

Having tasted success both at club and international level, Griezmann is without doubts, one of the few players that could hinder Cristiano Ronaldo from winning the Ballon d'Or award this term.

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Jidonu Mauyon
Jidonu Mauyon is a football enthusiast from Nigeria, who writes for a lot of publications, including the likes of Sportainment, Cube Soccer, Give Me Sport, FootballXtra, and Sportskeeda. He is a great fan of Lionel Messi and he likes to write about Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester City and Liverpool. He also covers a lot of topics relating to the EPL, La Liga, Seria A and the Ligue 1. He has been doing great in the field, helping to intensify the passion for the beautiful game by sharing his opinions with his fellow soccer fans across the globe. His works have earned him recognition, notably claiming the Best Essay Writer award in the 2015 Milo Sports Writing Competition. To him, his followers are his best friends and he would go a long way to ensure that he keeps them refreshed and entertained. You love football and he does too, why not follow him so you can burn the passion together?
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