Chris Ricco/Getty Images
Cristiano Ronaldo will reportedly not attend the Ballon d’Or ceremony in Paris on Monday because he is set to finish outside the podium positions.
According to Sport Mediaset (h/t Football Italia), Ronaldo will instead appear at the Gran Gala ceremony in Milan while Lionel Messi wins his sixth Ballon d’Or ahead of second-placed Virgil van Dijk and third-placed Mohamed Salah.
If Messi does win, he will move one clear of Ronaldo at the head of the all-time winners list.
At the moment, the Barcelona and Juventus stars are the only two players in history to win the prestigious gong five times.
Their 10-year monopoly was broken last year when Luka Modric won the award: