Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Ronaldo: Salah a major Ballon d'Or threat

Ronaldo: Salah a major Ballon d'Or threat

Five-time Ballon d'Or victor Ronaldo fuelled talk of an exit from Real following their third consecutive Champions League triumph in Kiev against Liverpool.

Ronaldo and Messi have dominated the annual award for more than a decade, with Kaka in 2007 the last time someone else won the prize.

"Many people talk about the Cristiano Ronaldo-Messi battle but there are other players who have chances to enter the race (for Ballon d'Or)".

Salah suffered a shoulder injury in Liverpool's 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League and has been recovering ahead of Egypt's opening game against Uruguay on Friday.

"In the next few days I will give an answer to the fans that have always been on my side", he told reporters.

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But the forward is now with the Portugal squad for the World Cup and Fernandes insists that Ronaldo is not letting transfer rumours distract him from the tournament.

While Ronaldo and Portugal will be hoping to build on their 2016 European Championship win, kicking off against Spain on June 15 before rounding off their group against Morocco and Iran.

"A defeat on the first day puts you in a bad way for the rest of the tournament so it's important to start well", he said.

The Spanish giants also feel uncomfortable with the ongoing situation with their star player, which is why the club have reached out in search of an agreement to solve all the issues between both parties.

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