Cristiano Ronaldo’s former Madrid teammate, James Rodriguez believes he fully deserves to win a fifth Golden Ball.
The Portuguese ace is expected to be named winner of the prestigious individual award at a ceremony in Paris.
A win for Ronaldo will see him draw level with Messi on five award a piece in their decade of dominance.
He told reporters: “It’s deserved. Cristiano has had a great year and I’m happy for him.
“It’ll be his fifth Ballon d’Or, and right now that says it all. He has improved over his whole career, which has turned him into a fantastic player.”