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Florentino Perez: Ronaldo will win again

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez believes Cristiano Ronaldo will win his fifth Ballon d’Or, resulting in the Portuguese levelling Lionel Messi

Cristiano Ronaldo is considered to be the top favourite for this year’s Ballon d’Or award, which is the most prestigious individual achievement in the sport. The Portugal superstar helped Madrid win their trophies last year, and played exceptional football.

According to GOAL, reports in Spain this weekend suggest Ronaldo has been informed he will win the trophy for a fifth time and has been congratulated by Messi on his achievement.

And his boss, Perez is confident the 32-year-old will be successful when the outcome of the vote is announced on Thursday.

“Ronaldo is one of our great symbols. He is the leading goal scorer in our history. A few days ago, he won his second ‘The Best’ and this week he is going to win his fifth Ballon d’Or,” he told an assembly of Madrid members.

However, the Portuguese has been struggling this year, having only two goals in 9 La Liga games. He was also frustrated when Real was unable to beat Athletic Bilbao on Saturday, as they drew 0-0.

Los Blancos had a chance to get closer to league rivals Barcelona, as the Blaugrana drew against Celta as well. After both teams drew against their opponents, the 8-point gap remains intact.

Florentino Perez was also asked about Real’s struggles, and was asked what’s their key to success every year.

“We achieved the impossible, regaining the Champions League and winning three in four years. The last one was the best in our history,” said Perez.

“We have a team to keep dreaming, with an amazing coach. He is one of our great symbols and icons. He’s the best leader for this team,” the president concluded by praising his head coach Zinedine Zidane.