Cristiano Ronaldo ‘makes secret phone call’ to Lionel Messi after Real Madrid superstar ‘is told he has won his fifth Ballon D’Or’

Cristiano Ronaldo called Lionel Messi to claim he knows he will win this year’s Ballon D’Or, according to reports in Spain.

The front cover of what appears to be an edition of France Football magazine – which runs the awards – was published on Twitter, which seems to celebrate Messi as 2017’s winner.

However Spanish newspaper Don Balon report the Real Madrid striker has told Messi that he has been informed he, rather than his Barcelona rival, will be the winner.

Cristiano Ronaldo 'called Lionel Messi to claim he knows he will win this year's Ballon D'Or'

Cristiano Ronaldo ‘called Lionel Messi to claim he knows he will win this year’s Ballon D’Or’

Messi had appeared to be leaked as this year's winner, but this seems not to be the case

Messi had appeared to be leaked as this year’s winner, but this seems not to be the case