The runs for him Golden Ball it’s on, and it could be one of the closest in years.
Karim Benzema, Lionel messi, Jorginho other Robert Lewandowski are some of the names in the frame.
But Cristiano Ronaldo is making a case of its own.
The Portuguese legend scored a barely credible 58th career hat-trick this week, and this year he has broken other records in addition to seeking his sixth crown.
That triple, and its timing, could change the vote Ronaldothe way, as he did in 2013 when the then-Real Madrid The forward scored a hat-trick against Sweden to help him narrowly pass Messi and Franck Ribéry in the vote.
“I always promised that I would want more and more.” Ronaldo he said after his Portugal qualifier for the World Cup against Luxembourg.
“It’s inside of me, in my DNA.
“We must never be satisfied, never slack off, and always try to reach as high as we can.”
His next task is to walk away with the accolade on November 29, and it’s one that will find a home alongside seven LaLiga Santander titles, five Champions, a European Championship, a Nations League, five Ballon d’Or, four Golden Boots. and two FIFA The Best crowns.
“Cristiano deserves it,” he said. Lord Alex Ferguson Recently.
“This year he has broken record after record.”
Ferguson is not wrong
Ronaldo he has become the top scorer in the Champions League, as well as the top international scorer of all time.
Yet even those marks were surpassed in 2021, when the 36-year-old surpassed Pelé and Josef Bican as the top overall scorer in soccer history.
Not only are you competing with yourself, but that doesn’t mean you’re slowing down.
AND Ronaldo he is now only five goals away from exceeding 800 goals in his career.
Other records that have fallen to the Portuguese this year have been the top scorer in the European Championships – Ronaldo He now has 14, and the highest number of international appearances, at 182.
He is also the only man to have been the top scorer in the Premier League, LaLiga Santander and Serie A.
Now for the next one.