Ronaldo or Messi for 2016 best footballer? News of winner ‘leaks’ ahead of official announcement

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo will be crowned the latest winner of the Ballon d’Or ahead of Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi, claims a leaked report according to Mundo Deportivo.

The Portuguese was widely-expected to win the prize anyway.

Francesc Aguilar, a well-connected journalist within the Barcelona-based sports daily, has revealed that the announcement will be made at 7pm next Monday 8pm CET (10pm EAT) and the following day France Football, the publication that founded the prize, will publish an exclusive interview, says Mirror.

Staff from France Football will fly to Madrid on Thursday to conduct the interview and take photographs of the Portuguese superstar being awarded the trophy.

From early evening on Monday, L’Equipe will reveal the votes for each of the 30 players on the shortlist.

Ronaldo won the Champions League and European Championship in 2016, despite having a year in which his performance levels were generally on the decline.

Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Ballon d’Or three times, while Messi has triumphed four times.

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