NEWS
Monday December 16 2019
Mendes: 'Messi Ballon d'Or unjust'

Agent Jorge Mendes claims Lionel Messi shouldn’t have won the Ballon d’Or this year. “It was an injustice. Cristiano Ronaldo would've won if he was at Real Madrid.”

The Argentine superstar collected his sixth gong earlier this month, going one ahead of the Portuguese striker in the career Ballon d’Or race, with Ronaldo finishing third on the podium.

Mendes, speaking at the Golden Boy awards in Turin, says it wasn’t the correct decision to award the prize to Messi.

“Cristiano is the best player in world football. Before him Portugal won nothing, and with him they’ve won the European Championship and the UEFA Nations League.

“He transformed world football. when you speak of Portugal, you speak of a small country, but he’s changed that.

“Next year I think he will reach 110 goals for Portugal and I believe he will win the Ballon d’Or.

“For me it was an injustice that Messi won. Ronaldo also won the UEFA Nations League. But life is like that.

“I think that if he was still at Real Madrid, he would’ve won.

“He’s a champion, and he knows what to do in order to win it in 2020.”

Juventus star Ronaldo last won the award in 2017.

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