Cristiano Ronaldo is in line to win a sixth Ballon d’Or in 2021, and there are five things that can help him achieve that feat. The Portuguese has had another standout season for Juventus and ranks as one of the 10 favorite players for the Ballon d’Or in 2021.
Unlike when it is usually a two-horse race of Ronaldo and Messi, competition is intense this time around. Thus, Cristiano Ronaldo needs to pull something special out of the bag to win a sixth Ballon d’Or and equal the record held by Lionel Messi. Nevertheless, we’re optimistic the 36-year-old will conquer given that he loves a good challenge and thrives when the pressure is on.
That being said, what are the things that can make Cristiano Ronaldo win a sixth Ballon d’Or in 2021? Below are the five ways that could guarantee the former Manchester United and Real Madrid man success.
1. Winning The Champions League Title
This is the most prominent scenario that would guarantee Cristiano success in his quest to win a sixth Ballon d’Or award if he successfully guides Juve to a Champions League glory and ends the club’s 25-year wait for European success.
Following two early knockout-stage exits with Juventus, Cristiano Ronaldo has unfinished business in his favorite competition. Meanwhile, Real Madrid legend Paco Gento’s record of six European titles is at his fingertips, and the competition’s all-time leading goalscorer would be determined not to let it slip by.
2. End The Season With The Capocannoniere Award
Having finished fourth and runner-up in his first and second seasons at Juve respectively, Cristiano is gunning to become the Italian goal king in his third campaign with the Old Lady.
Currently, the Juventus forward leads the race for the highest goalscorer in Serie A with a brilliant 20 goals in only 22 league games. Should Ronaldo end up with this award, it would be a great honor and it will make him the first player ever to win a Golden Boot in the Premier League, La Liga, and Serie A in the process.
It would be a plus for Ronaldo if he can win the European Golden Shoe too but it’s not a show-spoiler if he doesn’t.
3. Winning Back-To-Back European Titles With Portugal
Ronaldo and the Portugal team will face a huge challenge after they were drawn in the “Group of death” for the Euro Championship next summer.
The Selecao will face Germany, France, and a team from the qualification playoffs, which will take place in March, in Group F. Hence, should Cristiano Ronaldo help his Portugal side defend their European crown, it will surely set him up nicely for the Ballon d’Or in 2021.
4. Winning A Treble With Juventus This Season
Hmmm, that’s a bit too demanding, though.
Ten points behind Serie A leaders Inter Milan and a 2-1 deficit to Porto in the Champions League last-16 doesn’t look too good at the moment. However, Juventus still have another 13 games in Serie A to go and can recover ground once their key players are all back from injury.
Plus, they only need a goal against Porto on Tuesday to reach the Champions League quarter-finals. And already, the Juve hitman has fired them to Coppa Italia final after seeing off Inter in the semis.
5. Claiming The All-Time International Top-Scorer Tag
Luka Modric in 2018 showed that how a player performs at the international level can be a decider in the Ballon d’Or ranking after he guided his Croatia side to a second-place finish in the World Cup.
In a like manner, breaking Iranian legend Ali Daei’s record of 109 international goals would be a huge statement from Cristiano Ronaldo. Meanwhile, the Portugal skipper only needs seven goals to equal the record, having scored an impressive 102 goals for his national team so far.
If Ronaldo keeps his lethal form in front of goal this summer, a European title and Ballon d’Or could come his way. And what a beautiful achievement it would be?!