His injury, a reported partial anterior cruciate ligament tear, could keep him out of action for up to five months and may scupper his chances of glory.
Having picked up three compared to Lionel Messi’s five, he’ll want to gain on his LaLiga adversary.
But who do the bookmakers have as favourite to win the FIFA Ballon d’Or? Click the right arrow above to find out…
*Calculated based on leading bookmakers’ odds on 12 July 2016.