The Ballon D'Or is perhaps football's most coveted individual award. Messi now has the most awards, with six, followed by Ronaldo, who has five. When the 2021 edition is published in late November, the difference is projected to grow even more, with Messi the current favorite.
Robert Lewandowski and Jorginho, for example, should not be overlooked. Last year, Lewandowski beat Gerd Muller (40) to set the all-time Bundesliga scoring record for a single season (41).
Jorginho, meanwhile, had a key role in both Chelsea's Champions League triumph and Italy's Euro 2020 triumph.
Regardless, Ronaldo does not believe that either of those players, nor Messi, should win the trophy.
Ronaldo argued former Real Madrid colleague Karim Benzema is more deserving in a Facebook post (via the Mirror).
“Benzema is without a doubt my candidacy for the Ballon d'Or,” Ronaldo remarked. For ten years, the best striker in the world has been at a ruthless level, and he has been the champion above all. "Don't you agree?"
There is only one name for the Ballon d'Or, Cristiano Ronaldo," he told France Football (via the Mirror).
"He's never deserved it more than he did this year." Top scorer in Serie A and at the European Championships. He is the only player to have won everything in three separate countries and holds the record for most goals in the Champions League."
"He is the all-time leading scorer in football." It's a game-changer, and it has to be for the trophy, because he's still the finest player in history."
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