Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo believes an impressive performance at Euro 2012 could help him win the FIFA Ballon d'Or ahead of Lionel Messi.
Real Madrid forward Ronaldo has had to watch Barcelona-rival Messi scoop the world player of the year award for the last three years, but after winning La Liga and scoring 62 goals this season, the 27-year-old thinks he could pip the Argentine next time around.
Ronaldo still rates his performance this season as "ten out of ten" - despite Jose Mourinho's Real falling short in their bid to win the Champions League after being knocked out by Bayern Munich in the semi-finals - and is aiming to continue that form at the European Championships.
Mourinho has already suggested that Ronaldo should have won this year's award ahead of Messi and asked if he agreed, the Real forward told AS: "I'm not the one who judges who deserves to win the Ballon d'Or, but I think I've had a fantastic season.
"I've won the most difficult league in the world. I agree with what Mourinho said, but what I want now is have a great European Championships, because that could also help me in the Ballon d'Or, although honestly it's not a matter that concerns me much."
The Portugal international added: "I'm happy with the season that I've had, but I'm already only thinking of helping my country now."
Portugal begin their Euro 2012 campaign against Germany at the Arena Lviv, Ukraine, on June 9.© ESPN