Messi or Ronaldo for the Ballon d´Or? Barca boss Valverde doesn´t care

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NIKE have hinted Cristiano Ronaldo is set to equal Lionel Messi's Ballon d'Or record. And sportswear giants Nike have implied he will with two new sets of boots with his branding.

Pictures shared on Instagram show the words "Quinto Triumfo", or "fifth triumph" inscribed on the boots.

For the last decade Messi and Ronaldo have monopolised the award, and it would be a huge surprise were that trend not to continue when the 2017 Ballon d'Or is handed out on Thursday in Paris.

Ronaldo has also announced himself that he is releasing Air Force 1 CR7 trainers and the colour scheme of white and gold matches the new boots.

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French publication France Football will name the victor of the coveted award this year.

Messi became the first player in history to win the prestigious award on five occasions with his victory in 2015.

He will reportedly receive it atop the Eiffel Tower.

Cristiano Ronaldo, however, could reach that mark this year if he sees off his eternal rival after winning the Champions League with Real Madrid.

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'Ronaldo is one of our great symbols, ' he told an assembly of Madrid members. "A few days ago, he won his second "The Best" and this week he is going to win his fifth Ballon d'Or".

Meanwhile, Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde insisted he did not care about who won the trophy. Once that had happened I started to give even less priority to the individual prizes.

"In truth, I am far more interested in team titles", he explained during Wednesday's interview with TyC Sports.

Kaka was the last player other than Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to take home the Ballon d'Or, and the Brazilian playmaker won the coveted awarded way back in 2007. "I'd rather not to evaluate any of them".

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