Magazine Cover Tips Ronaldo as Golden Ball Winner

Real Madrid star appears headed for fourth such honor.

Forget about the Critics’ Choice Awards and this morning’s Golden Globe nominations announcement. In Europe, all eyes are on an organization called France Football, scheduled tonight to announce the winner of 2016’s Golden Ball.

Soccer watchers are buzzing because the cover of the organization’s official magazine appears to have been leaked on Twitter, with Cristiano Ronaldo triumphantly celebrating. The Real Madrid star is a heavy favorite this year, but still, it’s tantamount to Best Picture being revealed Sunday morning.

Ronaldo is on the road in Japan, so if he is indeed the winner at tonight’s official France Football ceremony, he will not be there in person to accept. It would be his fourth Golden Ball. France Football’s magazine is a bi-weekly publication.

Update (Dec. 13):
Ronaldo is indeed the winner of this year’s Ballon D’Or.

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