Sport Chelsea's Eden Hazard in action during last weekend's FA Cup Fourth Round match against Stoke City

Chelsea manager tips the Belgian to be among the world's best in near future

Cristiano Ronaldo and Franck Ribery jostle for the ball during Real Madrid's match against Bayern Munich

'Bayern Munich would not swap Franck Ribery for Cristiano Ronaldo', claims president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge

Former West Germany international reveals he wouldn't swap the current Bayern winger for the Ballon d'Or winner as he is more valuable to the squad than Ronaldo would be

Transfer news: Cristiano Ronaldo will return to the Premier League, claims former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon

Ballon d'Or winner still has five years left on Real Madrid contract

Fifa Ballon d'Or: Cristiano Ronaldo is not yet a legend, says Pele

The Real Madrid forward must continue to work hard says the three-time World Cup winner

Cristiano Ronaldo fights back tears after winning the Fifa Ballon d'Or award

Cristiano Ronaldo admits Rio Ferdinand attempted to persuade him into a Manchester United return following Ballon d'Or success

Ronaldo has confirmed that he seriously considered a return to Old Trafford when his future was uncertain last summer before he signed a new £76m contract

Fifa Ballon d'Or: Cristiano Ronaldo unable to hold back tears after beating Lionel Messi and Franck Ribery to award

The Real Madrid forward wins the award for the second time in his career

Fifa Ballon d'Or: Cristiano Ronaldo deserves to win ahead of Franck Ribery and Lionel Messi, say readers of The Independent

We asked you who deserved to win among the three short-listed players

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates

Fifa Ballon d'Or: Cristiano Ronaldo says row with Sepp Blatter is 'no longer an issue' following telephone conversation

The Fifa president mocked the Real Madrid forward for 'spending time at the hairdresser'

Rio Ferdinand (R) has admitted that he tried to persuade Cristiano Ronaldo (L) to return to Manchester United last summer

Transfer news: Rio Ferdinand reveals he tried to persuade Cristiano Ronaldo to return to Manchester United

Ronaldo's future was thrown into question until he signed a new contract with Real and Ferdinand admits that the chance of an Old Trafford homecoming has probably gone

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates

Cristiano Ronaldo dedicates 400th goal to Portugal legend Eusebio

The Real Madrid striker scored a brace in the 3-0 win over Celta Vigo

Eusebio scores for Benfica against Milan in the 1963 European Cup final at Wembley

World mourns Eusebio, whose goals won English hearts in ’66

Prolific Portuguese striker was also feted for sportsmanship best shown in defeat to Manchester United

Adnan Januzaj celebrates his goal

Hull v Manchester United: Adnan Januzaj following route of Cristiano Ronaldo

The youngster has burst onto the scene this season

Top clash: The skill of Portugal’s Ronaldo will do battle with the team ethic of Mesut Özil’s Germany

Transfer news: PSG did 'everything' they could to sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid

However, he shouldn't win the Fifa Ballon d'Or says former sporting director Leonardo

Wayne Rooney and Rory McIlroy in the latest Nike advert

Video: Wayne Rooney and Rory McIlroy go head-to-head in latest Nike advert - and Ronaldo swings by to help out the Manchester United striker

The two famous sportsmen take meet each other on the golf course as part of a promotion for Nike's latest Ordem Football

Cristiano Ronaldo (right) celebrates his first goal in the 5-1 win over Real Sociedad with Gareth Bale on 9 November

Gareth Bale watch out - Cristiano Ronaldo announces he is no longer injured and will return for Real Madrid

Portuguese forward has missed Real's last two matches with a muscle strain

Fans pay tribute to Fifa Ballon d'Or nominee Cristiano Ronaldo at the Bernabeu

Cristiano Ronaldo thanks Real Madrid fans following show of support using face masks

Supporters of the Spanish club staged stunt to boost Ronaldo's chances of winning the Fifa Ballon d'Or

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