It's a bit early to make a conclusion for the 2017 award but with the main competition, the Uefa Champions League having concluded over the weekend, McCarthy is placing his bets on Ronaldo's table.
McCarthy once started a social media storm for choosing between Messi and Ronaldo. Then he went on to say that he likes both players and believes they're both great.
Now, he's said for sure that Ronaldo is the best player for 2017. Let's see how long it would be before he has to sidestep this latest remark on Twitter.
He's been knocking in those goals in the last three rounds for fun, even though Messi has outscored him throughout the season.
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