Cristiano Ronaldo watched on as Lionel Messi claimed a seventh Ballon d’Or on Monday night and has commented on a social media post criticising the decision and the award itself
Cristiano Ronaldo has labelled an Instagram post slamming the decision to award Lionel Messi a seventh Ballon d’Or as “fact”.
The Portuguese star had to watch on as his rival claimed yet another Golden Ball on Monday.
Messi has now claimed two more than Ronaldo, whose last Ballon d’Or came back in 2018.
The Manchester United star is known for his desire to win the game’s individual accolades and be recognised as the best player in the world.
Despite that he only ranked sixth in this year’s list – below Messi, Robert Lewandowski, Jorginho, Karim Benzema and N’Golo Kante.
Ronaldo claimed the Coppa Italia with Juventus before leaving for United in the summer, although his return to Old Trafford has been marred by the team’s poor start to the season.
Nevertheless an Instagram account, which goes under the handle cr7.0_lendario, has listed all of the 36-year-old achievements this season, which includes breaking the international goalscoring record.
The account also said: “43 goals in the year, 6 goals in 5 games in this Champions League, all decisive and a guy who, regardless of age, continues to work miracles and is the guy who most impresses the world most often.
“They still put the guy in 6th… Do you really think that 5 guys did more than him in the year? Never.”
It then added: “For Cristiano to win this prize he has to be 300% unquestionable. It’s no use scoring the most beautiful bike of the year, being champion of everything by club, top scorer of everything and scoring a hat-trick in the World Cup, they still provide a way to take his prize.
“With Messi, it’s the other way around. He can do a low-key season, way below, they’ll always find a way to favour him and give him the prize.”
Ronaldo, who was involved in a war of words with Pascal Ferré, the editor France Football, the publication that hands out the Ballon d’Or, replied to the post by saying “facts” with a thumbs up emoji.
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Ferré claimed that the United star’s only ambition was to “retire with more Ballon d’Ors than Lionel Messi”.
However Ronaldo hit back at those claims, as well as accusations surrounding his absence from Monday’s award ceremony in Paris.
He said: “Pascal Ferré lied and used my name to promote himself and to promote the publication that he works for. It’s unacceptable for the person responsible for handing out such a prestigious award to lie in this way and to show disrespect to someone who has always respected France Football and the Ballon d’Or.
“He lied again today to justify my absence from the ceremony due to an alleged quarantine that has no reason to exist.”