Brazilian football legend Rivaldo says Cristiano Ronaldo should have won the Ballon d’Or Ahead Of Luca Modric this year.
The Portuguese finished second behind his former Real Madrid teammate in the final votings but the 1999 winner of the award feels that shouldn’t have been the case.
While he acknowledges the exceptional year Modric have had, he still thinks of Messi and Ronaldo as the best.
Speaking to Betfair, the 2002 World Cup winner said:
“It’s always tough to give your opinion about this subject.
“Luka Modric had a great season in 2018, winning the Champions League and helping Croatia to be World Cup final. But if I had to choose, I would vote for Ronaldo.
“And then, we also have Lionel Messi who should have been at least in the top three.
“Honestly, I can’t see why things have changed this time – removing the focus from Cristiano and Messi. Both of them had good seasons.
“Some people are mentioning that Ronaldo’s club change could have contributed to losing the award, but I don’t agree with that as most of the decisive moments had already happened when he left Real Madrid to sign for Juventus, so there are no reasons to consider that a handicap.
“I think this change of focus could be an attempt to at least for a year write a different name in the history instead of still mutating from Ronaldo to Messi and Messi to Ronaldo.
“Anyway, I consider that unfair because they had solid campaigns and were decisive on their clubs. There were no reasons to change that tendency.”
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