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Ballon d'Or 2016: Winner 'leaked' with Cristiano Ronaldo to beat Lionel Messi to award

The Independent logo The Independent 06-12-2016 Mark Critchley
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Cristiano Ronaldo will win his fourth Ballon d'Or when the award’s latest winner is announced on Monday, according to reports in Spain.

The Real Madrid and Portugal forward has enjoyed a trophy-laden year on the pitch, winning the Champions League at club level and captaining his country to European Championships success.

According to Mundo Deportivo, Ronaldo is certain to see off competition from Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and will be confirmed as the winner by France Football, the award’s founders.

Ronaldo won the award that year, having lifted the Premier League and Champions League with Manchester United, but was made to wait until 2013 to claim his second.

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Reports of his success in this year’s competition follow a difficult few days for the 31-year-old forward off the pitch.

On Saturday, Ronaldo was alleged to have directed at least €150 million through the British Virgin Islands in order to avoid paying income tax.

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