Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness claims it would be unjust if Cristiano Ronaldo pips Franck Ribery to this year's Ballon d'Or on the back of "one game".
Ribery was considered the clear favorite for the prestigious FIFA award on account of the integral role he played in the Bavarians' historic treble success last season.
However, Hoeness now fears that the groundswell of support that accompanied Ronaldo's hat trick in Portugal's dramatic World Cup playoff victory against Sweden in Solna in November could - wrongfully, as the 61-year-old sees it - tip the balance in favor of the prolific Real Madrid attacker.
"Ronaldo has, of course, contributed significantly to the fact that Portugal has qualified for the World Cup," the Bayern supremo told Sport Bild. "But I would have absolutely no understanding of the situation if Franck did not win the Ballon d'Or after being named [UEFA's] Best Player in Europe. There is a whole year to be judged - not just one game.
"I feel that public opinion has shifted. But, in the meantime, for me, nothing has changed. There can be only Ribery as the winner [of the Ballon d'Or]."