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Ronaldo: 'Revelation' Salah can win Ballon d'Or

The Portuguese believes the Liverpool forward can break his and Lionel Messi's grip on the annual prize following his form this season The Portuguese believes the Liverpool forward can break his and Lionel Messi's grip on the annual prize following his form this season
Domingo Copeland | 13 June, 2018, 03:35

Lionel Messi has commented on his rival Cristiano Ronaldo's outburst after the UEFA Champions League final, when the Portuguese suggested he could soon leave Real Madrid.

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.

Recent talks between Ronaldo's agent Jorge Mendes and Real's top-brass haven't helped bring an agreement and the talisman's decision is "irreversible" unlike previous year, Diario Record, a Portugal daily, has claimed.

"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 is certainly one of them".

However, his season ended on a bad note, after he suffered a shoulder dislocation in the Champions League final defeat to Ronaldo's Real Madrid.

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The pair could potentially square off again in the last 16, if Egypt and Portugal make it past Group A and B respectively.

Portugal were departing to Russian Federation ahead of competing in the 2018 Soccer World Cup taking place in June/July.

Portugal will get their World Cup campaign underway against Spain with Morocco and Iran next in line.

"Cristiano wins you matches and we have to take care of him, but Portugal also has great players, he is the current European champion and we have to do things well if we want to win the match", said Koke after the training of Julen Lopetegui's players.

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