Cristiano Ronaldo won’t be in attendance at the Ballon d’Or ceremony on Monday as he will instead be in Japan with the Real Madrid squad ahead of the Club World Cup.
Ronaldo has enjoyed a sensational year.
He won the Champions League with Real Madrid and Euro 2016 with Portugal – and it is widely anticipated that he will edge out Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann to claim the Ballon d’Or for the fourth time.
Real are set to take on Club America in the semi-finals of the Club World Cup on Thursday, with the final to take place three days later, meaning Ronaldo will miss the Ballon d’Or ceremony in Paris.
As reported by the Mirror, Ronaldo and his Real Madrid team-mates boarded a flight to Tokyo in the early hours of on Sunday.
They will play Mexico’s Club America in the semi-finals on Thursday.
Gareth Bale is the only squad-member to remain behind, having undergone surgery on an ankle injury which is set to rule him out for several months.
This could turn out to be another successful season for Ronaldo, with Real currently six points clear at the top of La Liga following their 3-2 victory over Deportivo La Coruna.
Ronaldo has scored ten goals in La Liga so far this season – by far the most in the Real squad.