Cristiano Ronaldo has publicly backed claims from a fan account that Lionel Messi stole the Ballon d’Or from himself and Robert Lewandowski.
PSG star Messi won his seventh Ballon d’Or on Monday night, beating Bayern Munich marksman Lewandowski to the prize by 33 votes.
Ronaldo – a five-time winner – finished sixth and 435 votes astray of Messi yet the Manchester United forward has poured scorn on his Argentinean rival’s victory, commenting ‘facts’ underneath a fan post detailing why the Portugal captain deserved the gong over Messi.
The post, on the page of a fan account called ‘Cristiano Ronaldo – The Legendary’ which Ronaldo himself follows, details Ronaldo’s 2021 achievements before describing Messi’s accolade as ‘Theft. Dirt. Shame. Simply regrettable.
‘Who saw, saw. Anyone who is smart enough knows who the real deserving ones are. Receiving awards without earning it is false happiness, without pride.’
The caption, underneath photos of Ronaldo playing for Juventus, United and the national team, starts: ’43 goals in the year, 6 goals in 5 games in this Champions League, all decisive and a guy who, regardless of age, continues to work miracles and is the guy who most impresses the world most often.
‘They still put the guy in 6th… Do you really think that 5 guys did more than him in the year? Never.
‘He could fight for this award calmly and the fight would be good with Lewandowski who in individual numbers was incredible and Bayern had a better season than Juventus and has been having a calmer season than United, but at the national selection level for example, Cristiano was much better.