Ronaldo doesn’t think that Lionel Messi should win his seventh Ballon d’Or title this year,and would give it to striker who’s been at a ‘brutal’ level for the past decade.Last week the Ballon d’Or revealed their 30 man long list to be named as this year’s ‘world’s best player,’with Lionel Messi the favourite to walk away with the award, for what would be the seventh time.
Along with Messi, Chelsea midfield pair Jorginho and N’Golo Kante have been high on the list for most likely winners, with the former winning the Champions League and Euro 2020.Robert Lewandowski is also well fancied, after breaking a near 50 year-old Bundesliga goal scoring record, a year after he was robbed of the award.However Ronaldo Nazario, believed that the award should go to final player ranked in the top five most likely winners, Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema.
The youngest ever winner of the award took to Facebook to say, “Without a doubt, my candidate for the Ballon d’Or is Benzema.The best striker, brutal level for 10 years and champion above all. Don’t you think?”Without Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema has become more and more important to Los Blancos over the past couple of years, becoming the main goalscorer.
Sergio Ramos’ departure in the summer, with the club captain moving to PSG, has added even more pressure to the French striker’s shoulders at the Bernabeu.The 33-year-old has so far scored 35 goals for club and country this calendar year and helped France win the Nations.League at the weekend, after Paul Pogba’s rousing half-time speech in the final.Speaking recently, Benzema revealed that winning the Ballon d’Or was a childhood dream, saying,
“Since I was a kid, it was always a dream of mine to win the Ballon d’Or, It’s the dream for most players.“It’s true that football is a team game but when you help the side to win, when you’re instrumental in triumphs,when you score winning goals, it’s natural for any player to aspire to win the Ballon d’Or.“Of course, I’ll work as hard as I can to win that trophy and I hope, someday, fulfill the dream I had when I was a young boy.”
It’s not just the eventual winner that’s been in the headlines though, with some players annoyed at a name that was missing from the shortlist.Both Kalidou Koulibaly and Sadio Mane have hit out at the fact fellow Senegal international Edouard Mendy wasn’t on the 30 man list, despite becoming the first African goalkeeper to win the Champions League.