‘Cristiano Ronaldo not among best ever, doesn’t deserve Ballon d’Or awards’

Julio Salinas, former FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid forward, dismissed Cristiano Ronaldo’s claims that he is the “best player in history” via social media.

football Updated: Dec 09, 2017 12:13 IST
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Cristiano Ronaldo beat Lionel Messi to win the Ballon d’Or award for the fifth time and the second year in a row.(AFP)

Record-equalling Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo does not deserve his awards and is not among the best players in history, according to former FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid forward Julio Salinas.

Real Madrid C.F. star Ronaldo made history Thursday by matching Lionel Messi’s record Ballon d’Or haul of five, retaining football’s most prestigious individual prize for the second year running.

Ronaldo claimed the Ballon d’Or for the fourth time in five years as the 32-year-old labelled himself the “best player in history”.

However, ex-Spain international Salinas dismissed Ronaldo’s claims via social media as he talked Barca great Messi.

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“Just because you’re very good, that doesn’t mean you’re the best, as you’ve had the bad luck of coinciding with the great Messi,” he wrote on Twitter.

“Sincerely, I don’t think you are on the podium of the best in history, as there are quite a few who’d surpass you.

“Comfort yourself with these Ballon d’Or awards [something you have not deserved].”

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Salinas later defended his opinion, though he spoke of his respect for Ronaldo but lauded Messi’s overall game.

Messi leads LaLiga with 13 goals, 11 more than Ronaldo after 14 matches.

However, Ronaldo – already the competition’s all-time leading scorer – became the first player in history to convert in all six Champions League group-stage matches Wednesday.

Ronaldo has netted nine goals in six Champions League appearances this season, compared to Messi’s three.

First Published: Dec 09, 2017 10:54 IST