Sir Alex Ferguson believes Cristiano Ronaldo should win the Ballon d'Or this season because he's broken countless records.

Ronaldo has won the award five times, one fewer than rival Lionel Messi.

The Argentine, who completed a move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain this summer, is the favourite to collect the accolade for a seventh time this season.

But legendary Manchester United manager Ferguson believes his former player, who was also on the move this summer, completing a fairytale return to Old Trafford, should win the prestigious award.

According to Marca, Ferguson said: "Cristiano deserves it. This year he's broken record after record."

Sir Alex Ferguson believes Cristiano Ronaldo should win the Ballon d'Or this season (

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Ronaldo has been on form for both club and country this year in which he won the Coppa Italia at Juventus and was the Serie A top goalscorer last season.

He also took the top spot as the highest international scorer of all time.

His agent Mino Raiola recently told France Football: "The Ballon d'Or has only one name, Cristiano Ronaldo.

"He has never deserved it as much as this year. Top scorer in Serie A and at the Euros.

"He holds the record for goals in Champions League and is the only one who has won everything in three different countries.

"He is the best scorer in the history of football. It is a decisive thing, it must be so for the trophy, because he continues to prove to be the best player in history."

Ferguson and Raiola aren't the only ones who believe Messi should miss out on the award this season.

Legendary Brazilian footballer Ronaldo believes there should be a new name on the trophy this year, although not his namesake's, rather his former Real Madrid teammate, Karim Benzema's.

He wrote on Facebook: "Without a doubt, my candidate for the Ballon d'Or is Benzema. The best striker, brutal level for 10 years and champion above all. Don't you think?"

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