After years of living in the shadow of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to lift the 2013 Ballon d’Or at Monday’s ceremony in Zurich, pipping the Argentine and Franck Ribery in the process.

Messi is a contender to win the trophy for a fifth successive year, but few are talking about the Barcelona star this time, with Bayern Munich’s Ribery hoping his remarkable season at club level gives him the edge.

Ronaldo himself claims he is not obsessed with the award, although he admits that he has saved a space for it in his recently-opened museum on his native island of Madeira.

“I prefer to not say anything because things don’t depend solely on me. I am not obsessed with the Ballon d’Or ”.

The Portuguese won nothing with Real Madrid or with Portugal in 2013, but the Ballon d’Or is an individual award and there can be little doubt regarding the talent of a player who scored 66 goals in 56 games for club and country in the calendar year. — AFP

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