Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo will beat Barcelona rival Lionel Messi to the 2017 Ballon d’Or, according to leaked images of his personalised Nike boots.
With the pair having dominated the most prestigious individual prize in world football over the course of the last decade, their collective tally is set to be taken to 10 on Thursday.
Messi currently leads the way on five victories to Ronaldo’s four, but it appears that the Portuguese forward is set to equal the Argentine’s haul.
Paying homage to Ronaldo’s previous successes, the new boots have already added 2017 to the 32-year-old’s roll of honour.
The Ballon d’Or ceremony is set to take place in Paris on Thursday around 6:00 PM GMT, with former France international David Ginola on hand to dish out the top prize – which is voted for by a group of 173 journalists from around the world.