Gary Lineker backs Cristiano Ronaldo for Ballon d'Or

Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring his third goal during the Spanish league football match Real Madrid vs Real Sociedad at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on November 9, 2013
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Gary Lineker believes that Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo should win the Ballon d'Or this year.

Former England international Gary Lineker believes that Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo deserves to scoop this year's Ballon d'Or award.

Some have tipped Franck Ribery to be named the world's best player after winning the Bundesliga title and Champions League with Bayern Munich last season.

Barcelona star Lionel Messi, who helped guide the Catalan side to La Liga glory in the 2012-13 campaign, is also in contention after he picked up his fourth consecutive award last year.

Lineker wrote on Twitter: "Lots of talk of Ribery winning Ballon d'Or. He's had a great year but I think Ronaldo should win. It's for the best player not the best team."

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero and Liverpool star Luis Suarez are both among the players on the shortlist.

Franck Ribery celebrates after scoring against Manchester City during the Champions League match on October 2, 2013
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