Speaking on Spanish radio show “El Partidazo,” Figo said he was convinced that his compatriot would see off the competition.
“Cristiano is going to win the Ballon d’Or,” Figo said. “I believe there is no doubt about that. It is normal.”
Figo also said that Ronaldo’s previous performances had generated such expectations that critics now overreacted whenever he fails to score a hat trick.
“Cristiano is always good. What happens is that you cannot always score three goals each game,” he said. “I think he is in good form. If you analyse his performance by goals, or by his play, I don’t know, but Cristiano is a fundamental player. What happens is that if he does not score one, two or three goals, it seems he is playing badly.”
Ronaldo has appeared to snatch at chances and show frustration in recent games, but Figo said he did not believe there was anything for his former teammate to get worried about.
“I don’t believe Cristiano is anxious,” he said. “A forward will always have streaks, but a player with Cristiano’s quality has no reason to get nervous.”
Ronaldo and Messi are the leading contenders for both the Ballon d’Or and FIFA’s The Best award, although Atletico Madrid and France forward Antoine Griezmann is another potential candidate.