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Five things Ronaldo needs to win the Ballon d’Or next year

Cristiano Ronaldo, Juventus, Serie A
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Euro 2020 glory

Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal
PARIS, FRANCE – JULY 10: Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal kisses the Henri Delaunay trophy to celebrate after their 1-0 win against France in the UEFA EURO 2016 Final match between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

Surviving the “Group of death” will be a huge challenge for Ronaldo and Portugal next summer. 

Fernando Santos’ men will face Germany, France and a team from the qualification playoffs, which will take place in March, in Group F. Clearly, they got their work cut out.

Should Ronaldo help Portugal progress and win Euro 2020, however, it will set-up him up nicely in the Ballon d’Or race. 

Players who thrive during the summer international tournaments normally become strong Ballon d’Or candidates. Italy’s Fabio Cannavaro (2006 winner) and Luka Modric of Croatia, who won it last year, are perfect examples for this.