Cristiano Ronaldo is the favourite to win this year’s Ballon d’Or after making himself the hero of the Champions League final against Atletico Madrid.
On Saturday evening, the Portuguese forward demonstrated why he could be the winner of the best player in the world award, after he helped secure the Champions League trophy for Real Madrid.
Striking the winning penalty in the shoot-out, Ronaldo won his third Champions League title in the most dramatic of fashions.
Once again, the No.7 has produced some incredible numbers this year.
Despite Real’s ups and downs this season, Ronaldo has scored 51 goals over the course of the campaign, with 35 in La Liga and 16 in Europe.
That has made him the only player in history to score over 50 goals for six seasons in a row.
No Barcelona player, not even Luis Suarez with his European Golden Shoe award, has been able to overcome the Portuguese as the favourite to win the 2016 Ballon d’Or. In fact, at the Camp Nou they already consider it inevitable that Ronaldo will take home the prize next January.
The bookmakers appear to agree with the Madrid man as the current favourite. The winner of the Ballon d’Or is usually the player who wins the most important tournaments and Ronaldo has the shortest odds to win after securing yet another Champions League medal.
Of course, there remain several months before the voting closes and nothing is yet set in store. That is why he will look to further demonstrate to the world why he should win by performing well at Euro 2016.
As captain of his national side, Ronaldo is Portugal’s key player and he knows this all too well.
By winning European football’s top prize, as well as pushing Barcelona all the way in La Liga, Zidane could win the FIFA Coach of the Year award, just as Luis Enrique did after his debut season with the Catalans.