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Ronaldo will win the Ballon d'Or because of his looks - Stoichkov

23:45 GMT+3 05/07/2016
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The former Barcelona ace has joked the Portugal captain will be crowned football's best player ahead of the likes of Antoine Griezmann and Gareth Bale because of his handsomeness

Hristro Stoichkov has joked Cristiano Ronaldo will pip the likes of Antoine Griezmann and Gareth Bale to this year's Ballon d'Or award because of his looks.

All three stars shone in La Liga last season but Portugal captain Ronaldo has failed to light up Euro 2016 so far compared to his counterparts, scoring just two goals in the tournament so far - both against Hungary.

This is in stark contrast to Atletico Madrid talisman Griezmann and his Real Madrid team-mate Bale, both of whom have played key roles in firing France and Wales to the semi-finals respectively.

But former Barcelona star Stoichkov believes both Griezmann and Bale will miss out on football's greatest individual accolade to Ronaldo. 

"Griezmann is blowing everyone away and playing some spectacular football, but they'll probably give it [the Ballon d'Or] to Cristiano Ronaldo again for being guapo (Spanish for handsome)," Stoichkov told Cadena Ser.

Bale, 26, has played a pivotal role in helping Wales reach the last four in their first major international tournament since 1958, scoring three goals to date.

And Stoichkov believes he stands a great chance of winning the Ballon d'Or if he can help Wales go one step further by downing Ronaldo's Portugal to reach the final.

"[Bale has a chance of claiming the Ballon d'Or] if Wales make the final [of Euro 2016],” he added.

Stoichkov also believes Lionel Messi, who retired from international football following Argentina's second Copa America final defeat in a row at the hands of Chile, could yet do a dramatic u-turn, stating: "Messi will play again for Argentina again.”