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Cristiano Ronaldo fires dig at Lionel Messi over Ballon d’Or win


Cristiano Ronaldo has endorsed criticism of Lionel Messi winning the Ballon d’Or (Getty/AP)

Cristiano Ronaldo has endorsed a post which hit out at the decision to award Lionel Messi the Ballon d’Or for 2021.

The Paris Saint-Germain forward won the seventh Ballon d’Or of his career earlier this week, holding off competition from Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema and Chelsea’s Jorginho.

Messi was favourite to win the award after he helped guide Argentina to success in the Copa America earlier this year, while at club level he won the Copa del Rey with Barcelona and finished as La Liga’s top goalscorer. However, many felt that Barcelona’s poor performances in La Liga and the Champions League should have counted against Messi in the voting.

Ronaldo, meanwhile, did not feature in the top three of the Ballon d’Or for the first time in 11 years.

A Ronaldo fan account was naturally furious with the decision and even accused Messi of ‘stealing’ the award.

In his response to the lengthy rant, Ronaldo liked the post and left a comment which simply red: ‘facts’.

Lionel Messi has now won a record seven Ballon d’Or awards in his career (AFP)

The Instagram post read: ’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.

‘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 award.

‘Steal. Dirt. Shame. It’s just unfortunate. Who saw it, saw it. Those who are intelligent enough know who deserve the truth.’

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