Ronaldo is considered to be the favourite to win the prestigious honour in 2016 after a staggering season in which he helped Real Madrid win the Champions League and Portugal win Euro 2016.
Barcelona star Lionel Messi tops the Champions League goal scoring charts as BBC Sport look at the key statistics from the group stage of Europe's top competition.
Needing a hat-trick to overhaul his long-term rival Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi fell agonisingly short of breaking a new Champions League goal record on Tuesday night.
Lionel Messi may not have broken Cristiano Ronaldo's Champions League group stage goal record on Tuesday night, but Barcelona still made history against Borussia Monchengladbach.
Despite suffering the disappointment of recently losing his job at Chinese second tier outfit Shenzen, the Dutchman managed a smile for the camera when he bumped into Carlos Puyol.
If the average is maintained it will be the highest-scoring season in 20-team Premier League history, but as usual there is far from a single, simple explanation Manchester City have kept two clean sheets all season. Liverpool have kept three. Both sides may have come out of last weekend lamenting…
Arda Turan netted a hat-trick as Barcelona demolished Bundesliga outfit Borussia Monchengladbach 4-0 in a Champions League Group C tie at the Nou Camp on Tuesday night.
• Ludogorets denied a famous victory at Parc des Princes • Barcelona ease to 4-0 triumph but Messi misses record Ángel Di María’s stoppage-time goal spared Paris Saint-Germain an embarrassing defeat but the 2-2 draw at home to Ludogorets was not enough to prevent Arsenal from winning Group A. PSG…