Manager Sir Alex Ferguson has told Nani to forget about the Ballon D'Or and concentrate on making further improvements for Manchester United.
Twelve months ago it seemed the Portugal winger was destined for the Old Trafford exit. After a decent debut season, the 24-year-old had failed to find the form which persuaded Ferguson to spend £17million to lure him from Sporting Lisbon in 2007.
One particularly wretched performance at Stoke appeared to be the end for Nani as United struggled to adapt to the post-Cristiano Ronaldo era.
But from virtually nowhere, Nani suddenly found form and confidence. As brilliant as he was bad at Stoke, he produced a devastating performance to guide his team to victory against Arsenal in January, since when he has not looked back.
It prompted a confident belief that in 12 months' time he expects to be nominated for the prestigious Ballon D'Or, which Ronaldo collected in 2008 and Lionel Messi, Xavi and Andres Iniesta have been shortlisted for this season.
But Ferguson said: "I am not too worried about the Ballon D'Or to be honest. His aim should be to be successful here. The ability was always there. He has got a tremendous instinct for the game. He is two-footed, quick and brave. He never misses a training session and always wants to play."