Cristiano Ronaldo pressed his case to win the Ballon d'Or with a stunning individual performance that saw Portugal past Sweden and into World Cup 2014 on Tuesday.
The Real Madrid star snatched three fine goals to see off the Seleccao's Zlatan Ibrahimovic-inspired opponents in Solna – and you can click here to watch his hat-trick.
With reports that Fifa has reopened voting for the Ballon d'Or in the wake of the match, Ronaldo may fancy his chances of having changed a few minds.
Media, captains and national coaches are involved in the voting process for Fifa's yearly award and the Portuguese's outstanding goalscoring record – with 67 to his name in all competitions over the calendar year to date – must put him in a strong position.
He faces stiff competition from Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi and treble-winning Bayern Munch midfielder Franck Ribery, however – the latter pulling off a remarkable World Cup play-off result on Tuesday as well as France came back to beat Ukraine.
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