Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo claims Italy deserved to qualify for the World Cup. “They’re one of the most emblematic national teams.”
Ronaldo won the fifth Ballon d’Or of his career on Thursday evening, yet the No 7 dedicated a segment of his post-award interviews to Italy and their no-show in Russia next summer.
“A World Cup without Italy? It’s not going to change anything, but I think Italy deserved to be there because they’re one of the most emblematic national teams,” he said afterwards.
“But you know football’s like that, sometimes there are surprises and the big surprise this season is that Italy are out.”