5 reasons why the 2019 Ballon d'Or is already in the bag for Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo, the beast who needs to be dreaded by every opponent he faces. The Portuguese is to say the least, the greatest goal-scorer the game has had the good fortune of witnessing.
Having won everything at club level, the 33-year-old is nowhere in the mood to hang his boots any time soon. Ronaldo is simply unstoppable at the moment, and his individual honors will undoubtedly increase in the coming weeks.
Ballon d'Or is finally a three-horse race after almost a decade. However, the Real Madrid striker looks all set to lift his sixth Ballon d'Or.
That said, here are the reasons why the player has all but sealed the mega-prize for himself.
#5 Barcelona's early exit from the Champions League
Lionel Messi is currently the closest contender vying with Ronaldo for the Ballon d'Or, alongside Mohamed Salah. The Argentine has been carrying his team's attack all by himself this season.
However, Barca has been heavily reliant on him for all their creativity. Against Roma, they suffered a blow as the pumped up Italian side gave the Spanish giants a bitter taste of their own medicine.
Lack of further Champions League football has all but ended Messi's hope for the prestigious award. No matter how hard he tries, Real's progress to the semi-finals has made it hard to imagine the 30-year-old catching up with the Portuguese.