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Check out who Ronaldo, the renowned Brazilian striker, is backing to win the Ballon D'Or

Lionel Messi has six Ballon d'Or awards to his name, but Ronaldo, the renowned Brazilian striker, believes he won't add to his record this season.

Lionel Messi should not win the Ballon d'Or for the seventh time this season, according to Cristiano Ronaldo.

Instead, the renowned Brazilian striker believes Real Madrid's Karim Benzema should be the first man to earn the prestigious accolade.

Ronaldo revealed his position on Facebook: "Benzema is without a doubt my Ballon d'Or candidate. For ten years, the best striker in the world has been at a ruthless level, and he has been the champion above all. Don't you agree?"

The Ballon d'Or shortlist was revealed recently and includes Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, as well as Premier League hopefuls like Phil Foden, Mason Mount, and Raheem Sterling.

Messi is the clear favorite to win the accolade, but Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich and Jorginho of Chelsea are also strong contenders.

Benzema is one of only two Real Madrid candidates, alongside previous Ballon d'Or winner Luka Modric, demonstrating the La Liga giant's recent collapse.

Real have lost players such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Raphael Varane, and Sergio Ramos in recent years, and Benzema has grown in importance to the team. The France international leads the club in goals and is Carlo Ancelotti's preferred goal scorer. The last time Real Madrid won was in September, when they defeated Real Mallorca 6-0. And Ancelotti was all praise for the 33-year-old, revealing that he is unquestionably his primary man.


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