Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo won’t be in attendance at the Ballon d’Or ceremony on Monday evening as he will be in Japan with the Real Madrid squad ahead of the Club World Cup.
Ronaldo has enjoyed a sensational year winning the Champions League with Real Madrid and Euro 2016 with Portugal and it is widely anticipated that he will edge out Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann to claim the Ballon d’Or for the fourth time.
Real are set to take on Club America in the semi-finals of the Club World Cup on Thursday, with the final to take place three days later, meaning Ronaldo will miss the Ballon d’Or ceremony in Paris.
As reported, Ronaldo and his Real Madrid team-mates boarded a flight to Tokyo in the early hours of Sunday morning and will be playing Mexico’s Club America in the semi-finals on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Ronaldo declared income of over 225 million euros in 2015, including 20 million euros held in 22 Swiss bank accounts, a Spanish newspaper reported Sunday as the Real Madrid star battles accusations of tax evasion.