Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo and his family have flown to Paris ahead of the Ballon d’Or award ceremony.
The Portuguese forward is expected to pick up the trophy for the fifth time on Thursday, ahead of his on-pitch rival Lionel Messi, after a brilliant calendar year.
Ronaldo donned his new Air Force 1 CR7 trainers as he boarded his private jet. They are inspired by Ronaldo’s youth, when his ‘play’ shoes would always have to be patched up by his mother due to the holes he’d make from playing so much football. The trainers are in the classic white style with a gold trim inspired by Ronaldo’s story.
And his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez also took to Instagram to share a photograph of the entire family preparing to see Ronaldo crowned as the best player in the world for the second year running.
His mother Maria Dolores dos Santos Aveiro posted a selfie to Instagram on Thursday morning.
The Ballon d’Or will be handed out in the French capital by outlet France Football.
There was already an expectation Ronaldo would pick up the trophy after a year in which he won the Champions League and La Liga with Real.