"The principal award will go to Ronaldo," Pele told Brazilian media upon arriving in Switzerland on Sunday.

The 72-year-old also revealed he would receive a special retrospective honour during the event.

"When I played there was no Ballon D'Or, so FIFA has decided to pay tribute to the the only player to win three World Cups," Pele said.

Ronaldo, who won the award in 2008, is vying for the accolade alongside four-time winner Lionel Messi and Franck Ribery.

(Agencies)

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