Andres Iniesta Warns Spain About Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo

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Cristiano Ronaldo admits that with the rise of Mo Salah, the Ballon d'Or is no longer a two-horse race between himself and Lionel Messi.

The 25-year-old beat Ronaldo's record of 31 goals in a Premier League campaign after the African forward netted 32 times in his first season in the English top flight.

His sparkling form underpinned the Reds' surge to a surprise Champions League final appearance against Ronaldo's Real Madrid, but the fairytale ended in tears as a shoulder injury forced him out in the early stages of the 3-1 defeat in Kiev.

"Salah has been one of the revelations of the year", Ronaldo told reporters.

Cristiano Ronaldo is fully focused on Portugal's World Cup campaign and not his Real Madrid future, says worldwide team-mate Manuel Fernandes. Salah fans in Grozny, Russia, made big banners for their star player as he visited a stadium in the city amidst much fanfare, as they chanted Egyptian's name.

But he is as merciless as ever in front of goal (he scored 15 goals in nine World Cup qualifiers) and is so feared by defenders that he can shape a game through his personality alone.

"It's perfectly normal, however Portugal were the champions of Europe because of the group, not its individuals". We are becoming more independent of great players'.

Both players were integral to their respective sides last season with Griezmann leading Atletico to the Europa League trophy and Ronaldo helping Real on their way to the Champions League.

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