Tottenham striker Harry Kane in running to be crowned Ballon d'Or victor

Carla Harmon
October 10, 2017

That is one more goal than likely victor Cristiano Ronaldo has managed (42) in 2017 for Real Madrid and Portugal while Lionel Messi has only scored three more than Kane (46) with Barcelona and Messi.

Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is odds-on to claim what would be a record equalling fifth Ballon d'Or trophy.

As Ronaldo struggled to look for his first league goal this season after serving a five-match suspension at the start, Messi has tallied 11 goals so far in the campaign.

Despite the 30-man list, Ronaldo is nearly unbackable when it comes to the award with PaddyPower rating him at 1/33 - with his nearest rival seen as Messi, who is a massive 14/1.

However, for the two arch rivals, the priority ahead was to secure spots in the 2018 World Cup finals.

European champions Portugal could be forced to negotiate next month's playoffs unless they defeat Group B leaders Switzerland in their final qualifier on Tuesday. The Argentine topped the winning list with five times.

Brazilian forward Neymar moved to Paris Saint-Germain in August for a world-record 222 million euros ($264 million) to step out of Messi's shadow at Barcelona.

Ronaldo is enduring his worst run of goalscoring form as a Real player and believes three young members of coach Zinedine Zidane's team are to blame.

Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard is among six other Premier League players picked by France Football magazine for the prestigious prize.

Barca and Uruguay striker Suarez, Madrid defender Sergio Ramos, Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho, Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak and Napoli forward Dries Mertens were named in the second phase of the announcement, followed by Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne, Tottenham's Kane, Bayern Munich's Lewandowski, Manchester United's David De Gea and Roma's Edin Dzeko, reported.

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud, Venezuela Women's forward Deyna Castellanos and goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke of South African outfit Baroka are the three finalists for the Puskas Award - a Federation Internationale de Football Association accolade for the "most handsome goal" of the season.

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