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Ronaldo On His Ballon d'Or Chances

Cristiano Ronaldo On His Ballon d'Or Chances

by David Kappel

Jun 11, 2019 11:36 AM

Tags: Spanish La Liga FC Barcelona Lionel Messi Argentina Italian Serie A Juventus Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal UEFA Nations League

With many believing Lionel Messi is the frontrunner for this year's Ballon d'Or, Cristiano Ronaldo has commented on his chances of lifting his sixth Golden Ball after winning his second international trophy with Portugal.

Read: Ronaldo Writes History With Portugal

The Portugal captain helped A Selecao lift the UEFA Nations League title on Sunday after they beat the Netherlands 1-0 in the final.

Although Ronaldo had a relatively quiet game in the decider, his hat-trick in Portugal's 3-1 semi-final victory over Switzerland booked his country only their third final in history.

With the Nations League triumph, the 34-year-old took his trophy tally in 2018/19 to three, having already claimed the Serie A and Supercoppa Italiana titles with Juventus.

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"I've won three trophies, I've played well, what more could I do?" he answered, as quoted by Marca, when asked about his Ballon d'Or chances after the final on Sunday.

"Do I deserve it? I don't know, I'm going to leave that with you. You are the ones that have to judge, I'm not going to assess myself."

However, many still believe Messi had a better season than the Portuguese after netting 51 goals and assisting another 22 strikes for FC Barcelona in 2018/19 in comparison to Ronaldo's 28 goals and 13 assists for Juventus.

The Argentine's 36 LaLiga goals saw him secure his sixth European Golden Shoe, but he lifted one less trophy than Ronaldo did so far. He added another league title as well as the Supercopa de Espana to his medal collection, and could potentially win the 2019 Copa America with Argentina.

Read: De Ligt: I Was Shocked By What Ronaldo Told Me

Others who are among the Ballon d'Or favourites include Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk, while his teammates Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah could strengthen their chances should they win the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

Who do you think deserves the 2019 Ballon d'Or based, on performances this season so far? Have your say in the comments section below.


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Jun 11, 2019 03:31 PM

@Isaac-promise just vote for Messi and those who prefer Ronaldo will vote for him. Your stats makes a lot of sense, unfortunately that's not how it works. SInce you know football lets take a look at Frank Ribery in 2013 ESM Team of the Year: 2012–13 UEFA Team of the Year: 2013 UEFA Best Player in Europe Award: 2012–13 UEFA Super Cup Man of the match: 2013 kicker Bundesliga Team of the Season 2013 UEFA Champions League top assist provider: Bundesliga top assists Bundesliga Player of the Year: 2012–13 Globe Soccer Best Footballer of the Year: 2013[ FIFA Club World Cup Golden Ball: 2013 FIFA Club World Cup Most Valuable Player of the Final: 2013 I don't have to mention what he won at a club level (including uefa champs league). Guess what? He did not win the ballon d'or. So leave your stats aside

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Jun 11, 2019 02:27 PM

U guys u don't know football, u just claim like u know, without taking anything away from cr7, that award is for an outstanding player, that's an individual award not team award? Ur bragging of cr7 international trophy, may i ask how many matches he play on that tournament? nd regarding serieA was he a top goal scorer? top assister? Or best accuracy throughout the season? nd one must ask himself how did he won serieA player of the season. on the other hand Messi is European top goal scorer, assister, most free-kick goals, most man of the match award, ucl top scorer and assister,,,,just face reality that only Messi deserve this award than anyone without forgetting that even though he loose ucl but still he's a ucl player of the tournament

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Jun 11, 2019 01:11 PM

CR7 deserves it...after a great season with new team and that international trophy....let's see if Messi will win with Argentina so far CR7 is the first Nominee

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