If Cristiano Ronaldo winning the Ballon d’Or award on Monday night was a near-forgone conclusion, the Portuguese forward’s response to being probed on the eternal debate of ‘Ronaldo or Messi’ was inevitable.
The 31-year-old powered his way to a fourth trophy, just one fewer than Lionel Messi’s all-time record, by winning the Champions League and Euro 2016 in a trophy-tastic year.
The two have been billed as fierce rivals, due to their dominance of individual awards over the past decade. The last time the Ballon d’Or was awarded to a player other than Messi or Ronaldo was in 2007 – when it was presented to Brazilian playmaker Kaka.
This year, Ronaldo amassed 745 points (more than 400 more than Messi) in the prestigious vote, run by France Football and decided by international football writers.
Following the ceremony, the Real Madrid star was asked by France Football who he thought would collect the award more often, if both he and Messi were teammates.
“It would be interesting to see both of us in the same team. I think great players should play together. So if we were in the same team, I think I would have more than him, but he wouldn’t be far off” said Ronaldo, unsurprisingly.
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