Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo officially receives the best player awards in Serie A. After a few hours after Lionel Messi wins him to record sixth Ballon d’Or crown.
The Argentine beats his closest rival of the season, defender Virgil van Dijk, and his unending rival Ronaldo.
Ronaldo, however, ignores the Ballon d’Or ceremony in Paris on Monday. Instead, to attend the annual Gran Gala del Calcio in Milan. Where he collects honors for his successful drive with Juve.
The Portuguese have always been a great player. Since his moment in Manchester United, where he got his first Ballon d’Or in 2008. To his incredible impacts in Spanish Real Madrid, where he won four of the prestigious awards. Now making another history in Serie A Juventus.
Therefore, he maintains 21 league goals last season to help the Bianconeri to an eighth successive scudetto. And has six goals in 11 starts this time, despite his knee injury reducing his playing time this past month.
Subsequently, Ronaldo has been struggling with a knee injury recently and angry for being pulled off in wins over Lokomotiv Moscow and Milan last month.
“It is a proud moment to win this award,” Ronaldo said while collecting the award, which Mauro Icardi, then of Inter Milan got 12 months ago.
However, Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici praises the Portugal international who was third in the Ballon d’Or. Moving behind defender van Dijk and Argentine Lionel Messi.
He says “Ronaldo is ambitious and came to Juventus to prove he is the best here too”. He also said there are always questions with the award’s ranking.
“He will be a Juventus player next season, without a doubt. He continues. Anyway, Ronaldo is a strong player that survives anywhere he plays. His praises are everywhere in Italy within a season and a half. The Portuguese is truly a GOAT.