CRISTIANO RONALDO is set to become Ballon d’Or 2017 winner & join Lionel Messi as the joint-most successful player in Ballon d’Or history.
The Real Madrid star is set for his fifth win tonight in Paris and will lift the award at the Eiffel Tower ceremony.
Nike have tweeted a big hint after pictures emerged of special boots detailing the 2017 success.
But the sportswear giant, who sponsor Cristiano Ronaldo, posted an image on Instagram all but confirming the news.
The image features five pictures of Ronaldo with the caption ‘Be your own rival’ with five trophy emojis.
Ronaldo led Real Madrid to glory in La Liga and in the Champions League during 2017.
There are seven Premier League players in contention to win the award including Harry kane, Eden Hazard and kevin De Bruyne while Neymar, the PSG superstar, will also want to celebrate individual success.
Ronaldo also picked up the FIFA Player of the Year award in London and this week became the first player to score in all six Champions League group games despite his struggles in La Liga.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez believes he is a cert to win the Ballon d’Or tonight.
“Ronaldo is one of our great symbols,” he said.
“He is the leading goalscorer 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.”
Real Madrid team-mate Casemiro alsoshares the same views & is more than assured that Ronaldo is set to win the award again.
“Talking about Cristiano is normal,” Casemiro said.
“He is a player who always fights to break records.
“I do not know if he will win the Ballon d’Or but for me it is very clear. He deserves it and I hope he wins it.”
However Lionel Messi is reportedly furious with the decision and believes Ronaldo has been carried by his team.
The Ballon d’Or winner is reportedly the best player in Europe, but is often considered the ultimate prize on a personal level for any footballer — and this year’s ceremony takes place in Paris on Thursday.