Not that it is a lot of a flip up for the books, but it surely seems to be like Cristiano Ronaldo is ready to attract degree with Lionel Messi by successful a fifth Ballon d’Or of his profession.
France Soccer’s prestigious award is not on account of be formally handed out till Thursday afternoon however Ronaldo’s boot suppliers Nike might need ruined the shock for everyone.
Leaked pictures seem to point out the most recent mannequin of as-yet-unreleased signature Mercurial boots that Nike have produced for Ronaldo, that are golden and have the phrases “fifth triumph” written on them in Portuguese.
Internally, the boots additionally checklist the earlier 4 years during which the Actual Madrid celebrity received the aforementioned trophy, with the present 12 months marked as “CR2017.”
It stays to be seen if the boots are real and the cat has been prematurely let loose of the bag.
Nike might have produced a restricted variety of the Mercurial Quinto Triunfo in preparation for a possible Ronaldo win, as to permit them to roll out the PR materials instantly if their man does emerge victorious.
As ever, it seems to be like time will inform.
Chris covers the humorous facet of the sport for ESPN FC within the Toe Poke weblog.