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Ballon d'Or: 5 Reasons why Ronaldo will beat Modric and Messi to win

Brodie-Mclean
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Modified 20 Dec 2019, 19:57 IST

#3 The Italian Job: Immediate Juventus success

Real Madrid CF v Levante UD - La Liga
Real Madrid CF v Levante UD - La Liga

It is common knowledge that Juventus are setting new records with their unbeaten beginning to the 2018/19 season. A major factor in this is the goals they have been scoring and at the front of this is the Portuguese star. Despite a slow start to open his account, Ronaldo has scored 9 goals and assisted 6 in Juventus' frightening start to the season. Juventus also remain at the top of their group in the Champions League, with Ronaldo's first goal in the UCL this season coming from a memorable volley, against his former Manchester club.

His goal scoring record already makes him the highest scorer for Juventus this season and extra credit should be given as he has shown the ability to adapt and is showing signs of proving himself at yet another club. This is in contrast to Messi who has only proven himself at the Nou Camp.

Ronaldo has been in electrifying form compared to Modric who is part of a struggling Real Madrid side that conceded 14 in their first 10 games of the season.

His ability to succeed and adapt to a different style of play and still appear to be one of the worlds leaves him in an undoubtedly strong position for winning the award this season.


#4 The second highest scorer in Russia

AC Milan v Juventus - Serie A
AC Milan v Juventus - Serie A

There is no denying the underwhelming performances and results that Messi and Ronaldo's sides provided at the World Cup. However, Ronaldo did manage to finish as the second highest scorer at the 2018 world cup. Scoring 4 goals in 4 games, at the finals he finished two goals behind Harry Kane, who registered two against an arguably poor Tunisian team.

Ronaldo's 4 Russian world cup goals also meant he scored 3 more than Messi and 2 more than the Croatian finalist, Modric.

Ronaldo's 4 World Cup goals included a memorable hat-trick against Spain including a last gap-free kick in the 88th minute to draw the scores level at 3-3.


#5 Ronaldo has been part of the biggest transfer in History

Portugal v Spain: Group B - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
Portugal v Spain: Group B - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
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Possibly a minor point compared to other factors but it would be harsh not to mention the mass excitement he has caused off the field with his transfer. The way football is developing, what one does off the field is becoming as important as on the field. Ronaldo has been involved in arguably the greatest transfer in history and despite the mass media coverage and anticipation, he has still continued to perform at the world-class level we are used to seeing of him, on the field.

Given the global effect that football has today surely the sheer size and success of his transfer will be a factor in the minds of those who have the opportunity to vote on this years 2018 Ballon d'Or.

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Published 23 Nov 2018, 13:38 IST
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