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Cristiano Ronaldo plans to attend Ballon d'Or gala

Cristiano Ronaldo says he will attend FIFA's Ballon d'Or gala on Jan. 13, when the Real Madrid forward has a chance to win the world player of the year award for a second time.

Real Madrid forward won the award in 2008

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronald faces stiff competition for the world player of year award from Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Frank Ribery of Bayern Munich. Messi has claimed FIFA's top individual honours the past four years. (DANI POZO/AFP/Getty Images)

Cristiano Ronaldo says he will attend FIFA's Ballon d'Or gala next week, when the Real Madrid forward has a chance to win the world player of the year award for a second time.

The Portugal star had wavered on whether he would attend the award ceremony on Jan. 13, but he now says "I can only say that I am going to the gala."

Ronaldo is a finalist along with Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Franck Ribery of Bayern Munich.

Ronaldo won the award in 2008, but he has watched Messi claim it for the past four years.

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