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Former Barcelona and Brazil star Rivaldo has expressed his surprise at the results of the Ballon d’Or, stating that Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo should have won the award, with Barcelona ace Lionel Messi at least in the top three.
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Predictably, Croatia and Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric took home the coveted prize this year, breaking the decade-long duopoly shared by Messi and Ronaldo over the award.
Having won the FIFA Men’s Player of the Year and the UEFA Best Player of the Year awards, the Croatian was the top favourite from the start.
The midfielder was recognized for his contribution in Real Madrid’s Champions League in May as well as his exploits in Russia, where he led his country to their first FIFA World Cup final ever.
Ronaldo finished second in the rankings followed by Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann.
Messi, on the other hand, finished outside the top three for the first time since 2006, sitting at fifth place behind PSG youngster Kylian Mbappe.
Rivaldo has now expressed his disappointment in the Messi-Ronaldo snub in an interview with Betfair.
The Brazilian 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.”
“The Portuguese scored a lot of goals last season, won the Champions League – scoring a sensational goal against Juventus away from home – and proved his value at the World Cup scoring four times, including a hat-trick against Spain, so I believe that he deserved the award more than anyone else.”
“And then, we also have Lionel Messi who should have been at least in the top three.”