Manchester United icon Cristiano Ronaldo won't be in contention for the Ballon d'Or award - if results of an online survey are anything to go by.

In what was an eye-catching transfer window from the Premier League giants, Portugal captain Ronaldo sealed his sensational return to Old Trafford after deals were struck up for Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane.

During his first memorable spell in the UK, the 36-year-old scored 118 goals and laid on 69 assists in 292 games.

He also won three Premier League titles, the 2008 Champions League and the first of five Ballon d'Ors before taking his already dazzling career to even greater heights at Real Madrid.

Back for a second act at United, Ronaldo was seen as an outsider for the coveted accolade this year and a fans' survey seems to confirm that.

Aside from Lionel Messi and the returning United icon, only one other player - Luka Modric - has won the prize since 2007, although breaking that trend appears to be a realistic prospect this year.

The award was not handed out in 2020 due to the devastating Covid-19 pandemic.

Messi and Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah - who did the damage during the 5-0 win over United on Sunday afternoon - are set to compete with prolific Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski on the podium.

Indeed, as per a survey launched by The Mirror, over 15,000 readers (28 per cent) voted for Salah as their winner.

That's narrowly behind the 15,653 votes that Messi received, while Lewandowski (13 per cent) is worthy of squeezing into the top-three at the expense of Ronaldo (also 13 per cent) and Chelsea midfielder Jorginho (11 per cent). He won the Champions League and Euro 2020 with Italy this year.

Meanwhile, an image purporting to show the Ballon d'Or voting standings is doing the rounds on social media - and that doesn't look good for Ronaldo either.

The image has been shared by a Brazilian Manchester City fan account on Twitter, and appears to show Ronaldo languishing in 9th place in the voting.

There is, of course, no way of verifying the truth of what's seen in the image, but if the final voting for the award panned out in a similar way, it would be a huge disappointment for the Portuguese.

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