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Neymar picks Cristiano Ronaldo for Ballon d'Or glory

Updated: Jul 17, 2016 15:35 IST      
Neymar picks Cristiano Ronaldo for Ballon d'Or glory

Barcelona, July 17 (ANI):Barcelona star striker Neymar believes Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo is in a good position to clinch this year's Ballon d'Or trophy following victories in the Champions League and Euro 2016.

Neymar is confident that Ronaldo, who settled for second place behind Lionel Messi in the race for the Ballon d'Or last year, would not lose the opportunity this time.

The 24-year-old said winning titles plays an important role for Ballon d'Or glory and, therefore, Ronaldo is the frontrunner to lift the prestigious individual trophy.

"Ronaldo won the Champions League and now Euro 2016 as well. So I reckon he is in a good position. Plus Ronaldo is a great player. I have no qualms in saying that," Neymar was quoted as saying by goal.com.

Ronaldo guided Real Madrid to the Champions League glory with a 5-3 win over Atletico Madrid in a dramatic penalty shootout before winning Euro 2016 with Portugal following a 1-0 win after extra time against host France.

Ronaldo won the Ballon d'Or title in 2008, 2013 and 2014 in contrast to Messi's record of victories in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015. (ANI)

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Updated: May 26, 2017 00:53 IST     

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Updated: May 25, 2017 22:09 IST     

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Updated: May 25, 2017 17:53 IST     

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Virat Kohli encourages kids towards healthy lifestyle

Updated: May 25, 2017 15:29 IST     

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Updated: May 25, 2017 13:58 IST     

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Updated: May 25, 2017 13:14 IST     

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Updated: May 25, 2017 11:48 IST     

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Updated: May 25, 2017 10:50 IST     

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Bangladesh rise to sixth in ODI rankings post historic win

Updated: May 25, 2017 10:30 IST     

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Updated: May 25, 2017 06:34 IST     

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Updated: May 25, 2017 04:19 IST     

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Updated: May 25, 2017 02:40 IST     

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Updated: May 25, 2017 01:43 IST     

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