Complicated week for Cristiano Ronaldo. After being punished by Manchester United (he will not play this Saturday against Chelsea), details related to the Ballon d’Or vote, whose winner is Karim Benzema, were revealed. About the gala held last Monday, the international media echoed the score achieved by the Portuguese.
According to the classification of the award given by France Football magazine, the ‘Red Devils’ striker did not receive any votes. Zero points for ‘CR7’ by the experts for the 37-year-old footballer, who throughout his career raised the individual distinction for the best player on the planet five times.
In the general table, the Portuguese star was in position 20 and equaled his worst ranking in this type of election. The first time happened in 2005, when he was taking his first steps in football. In addition, it was the second time that he appeared among the nominees for the most outstanding athlete of the year.
However, there was a better time for Cristiano Ronaldo in these days. The gunner never left the top 10 between 2007 and 2019. In fact, the crack conquered the 2008, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017 editions. In that period, his worst position had been in 2010: the sixth box, which he repeated in the past year.
Thus, the former Juventus did not discuss the 549 points of Benzema, winner and his former teammate at Real Madrid. Sadio Mané and Kevin De Bruyne completed the podium with 193 and 175 points, respectively. The tenth box went to the emergent Erling Haaland, who obtained a total of 18 points.
Cristiano Ronaldo did not want to play
This week, in addition to the blow at the Ballon d’Or, the Portugal captain was at the center of the controversy for leaving before the end of the match between Manchester United and Tottenham at Old Trafford. The player got up from the substitutes’ bench and went to the locker room shortly after closing the actions.
After that controversial scene, the ‘Red Devils’ announced that Ronaldo will not be considered to face Chelsea. Not only that, in a press conference, coach Erik Ten Hag confirmed that Cristiano did not want to enter the field to play a few minutes against the ‘Spurs’. “I have to establish norms and values and I have to control them”said the Dutchman.
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