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Ronaldo 'deserves' Ballon d'Or

2012-10-12 12:46

Lisbon - Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has said it would be a travesty if Cristiano Ronaldo did not win the 2012 FIFA Ballon d'Or, as competition heats up between the Portuguese striker and Barcelona's Lionel Messi.

"If Cristiano doesn't win the Ballon d'Or this year, it's only because he's not nice, because he doesn't sell his image well," Mourinho was quoted as saying by Friday's Portuguese sports daily A Bola.

Unlike Messi, Mourinho added, Ronaldo had won a major title with Real - the Spanish league.

But the Barca and Argentina forward has nevertheless won the last three Ballon d'Or, the prestigious award for the world's outstanding footballer.

"Messi has grown up in the team in which he plays, with the players he plays alongside. Not Cristiano, who was in England and whom we put into a team that was a losing one," the Portuguese coach said.

Ronaldo is "a winger who scores as many goals as a No 9, a player who is not protected from anything or anybody".

"It's much tougher being Cristiano than Messi," insisted Mourinho.

AFP

Comments
  • jimmy.ngwenya.94 - 2012-10-12 14:24

    Tough one. i really lyk both players.but i stil think messi rules the roost.....wel 4 now

  • musa.mohapi.3 - 2012-10-12 14:34

    I agree with you sean.wolf338 the both must go to HELL

  • keith.ngobeni - 2012-10-12 14:38

    This mourinho chap was born with the same DNA as Julius malema, whenever he opens his mouth he creates enemies for himself, yes Ronald is a good player but as long as Lionel messi is still around he will find it difficult to get the recognition he's craving for.

  • musa.mohapi.37 - 2012-10-12 14:43

    In your dreams mourinho he wont win as long as KING MESSSSSIE is still around.

  • richard.vigus.90 - 2012-10-12 14:46

    Ronaldo creates his own goals where half of messi's goals are created by a brilliant midfield

      sam.steens.12 - 2012-10-15 08:53

      Messi assists with about 25 - 30 goals a season for his midfielders as well. Which has been consistently more than Cristiano for the last 2 seasons. Scores more than Cristiano and creates more goal scoring chances for his teammates than Cristiano does for his team mates. But both players are brilliant never the less.

  • KingMikel89 - 2012-10-12 15:40

    Ronaldo does deserve it. Put Ronaldo in ANY team, and they'll do well. Messi cannot cope without the likes of Iniesta and Xavi. Ronaldo is by far the better player when put into a different team.

  • molemi.mogoma - 2012-10-12 17:34

    M a gr8t fan of football nd all i can say is that onli one player will win ths one after being voted the best by us football lovers..\r\nMay the winner be the winner..

  • cya.khubone - 2012-10-12 18:59

    Well ronaldo is a drama queen and messi is, well he is messi.

  • Vhulie Emmanuel Manv - 2012-10-12 22:06

    Messi doesn't need anyone to compaign for him.because he is the best. Even morinho knows that.just that he won't admit.

  • meshack.letswalo - 2012-10-12 23:30

    Even his teammates don't like him

  • crispen.mangoma - 2012-10-13 04:11

    Vilanova or Guardiola never campaigned for Messi,yet Mourinho is heavily campaigning for Ronaldo,if Messi doesn't win then RVP will win it

  • navane.dejager1 - 2012-10-13 10:39

    Ronaldo definitely this year he won the league, Spanish super cup and was best player at uero 12...he should've won the best European player of the year award too

  • charlietlo - 2012-10-13 11:43

    Ronaldo can play in any team and make a difference, messi without barca is nothing

  • Vhulie Emmanuel Manv - 2012-10-13 14:04

    Ronaldo is a gud player,surrounded by best players,the likes of ozil,alonso,khedira,di maria,heguain,ramos,casilas,benzema to name few,those are world class players.can someone tell me hw is he exactley playin alone.if he is so gud playing alone could it be the reason why he is winning everything alone for his natinal team.I lost respect for morinho.I wonder hw his players feel about that.no wonder they hate ronaldo.

  • nhlanhla.mahlangu.7393 - 2012-10-13 18:34

    theyre both gud bt i wuld agree wit Drogba wining if not Iniesta! Messi n Ronaldo both msed spot kicks in champs league n they cnt perform in world cups! like Iniesta, I even doubt that they can break no. 9 ronaldo's record of 16 goals.

  • nhlanhla.mahlangu.7393 - 2012-10-13 18:35

    theyre both gud bt i wuld agree wit Drogba wining if not Iniesta! Messi n Ronaldo both msed spot kicks in champs league n they cnt perform in world cups! like Iniesta, I even doubt that they can break no. 9 ronaldo's record of 16 goals.

  • Xolelani Ranisi - 2012-10-14 00:04

    if its being won by scoring lots of goals then he deserves it,as for mourinho he can shut up o play pychiatrist to his team i mean ronaldo

  • maano.nekhavhambe - 2012-10-14 13:45

    Ronaldo 's badluck is to play in the same generation as Lionel "The Messiah" Messi. Ronaldo might had won the LA LIGA,but MESSI won the COPA DEL RAY,golden boot in LA LIGA with 50 GOALS,and overall in the season he scored 73 goals in all competitions. So according to me,MESSI deserves to win the prestigious award. Mourinho's emotional blackmails wont work

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