Soccer

Ronaldo says he'll attend Ballon d'Or ceremony

MADRID (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo says he will attend FIFA's Ballon d'Or gala next week, when the Real Madrid forward has a chance to win the world player of the year award for a second time.

The Portugal star had wavered on whether he would attend the award ceremony on Jan. 13, but he now says "I can only say that I am going to the gala." Ronaldo is a finalist along with Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Franck Ribery of Bayern Munich.

Ronaldo won the award in 2008, but he has watched Messi claim it for the past four years.

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