Cristiano Ronaldo on the verge of matching Messi - FCNaija

International Edition By: Iseghohi Odianosen | 06/12/2017

Real Madrid forward is on the verge of matching Lionel Messi’s incredible collection of Ballon d’Or by claiming his fifth on Thursday after helping Real Madrid to win the Champions League and the La Liga last season.

The Barcelona maestro was the winner of the award from 2009-2012 and in 2015 while Ronaldo won it in 2008, 2013, 2014 and 2016.

In the last three seasons Ronaldo form has been superb he lead Real Madrid to the Champions League title before leading his country to Euro 2016 championship in Paris

The France Football magazine award is decided upon by a journalists ballot (with 173 voting in 2016) with each naming a top five from a list of 30.

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Ronaldo had a slow start to the 2016-2017 campaign but he was able to lead Real Madrid past Messi’s Barcelona domestically for the La Liga and in Europe, he helped Real Madrid to became the first side in the modern era to defend their European crown.

After seeing off Napoli, Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid in the knock-out rounds Ronaldo scored twice in a 4-1 win over Juventus in the final, taking his tally to 12 goals in the competition that season.

"Last season was exceptional. We won the league and the Champions League, where I was again the top scorer," Ronaldo told French daily L'Equipe.

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On the prospect of equaling Messi's five wins, Ronaldo quipped: "I want seven. Five is good but seven is my lucky number so seven would be great."

"I want seven children and seven Ballons d'Or."

Ronaldo is experiencing poor form in the La Liga has only scored twice so far this season as Real Madrid is trailed by eight points in the La Liga this season.  Although he has scored eight goals in five games in the Champions League so far.