CRISTIANO RONALDO is set to attend the Ballon d’Or ceremony for the first time in five years.

According to Le Parisien via Record, Ronaldo plans to be there in person at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris on Monday.

However, the report adds grumpy Kylian Mbappe may snub the evening – despite it taking place just 22 minutes’ drive along the north bank of the River Seine in France’s capital.

In 2017, Ronaldo racked up a whopping 946 points, well clear of Lionel Messi in second on 670.

And it marked a staggering run of four Ballons d’Or in five years for the Portuguese superstar following his debut win in 2008.

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But he refused to attend in 2018 when he was pipped by Luka Modric and then again 12 months later as Messi finished ahead of Virgil van Dijk and Ronaldo.

The 2020 award was controversially scrapped – robbing Robert Lewandowski of his maiden gong – and then Ronaldo again avoided the 2021 ceremony.


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