Football

.

Barcelona star admits: Ronaldo deserves the Ballon d'Or

Published 1 Comments

Barcelona midfielder Xavi has conceded that Cristiano Ronaldo deserves to win the Ballon d'Or this season - alongside Franck Ribery.

Both Ronaldo and Ribery have been named alongside Lionel Messi as the three finalists for the prestigious award which is handed out next month.

Messi has won the award for the last four seasons - a feat never achieved in the history of the game - but is unlikely to hold on to his crown following an injury-hit 2013.

Ronaldo meanwhile has been in superb form as ever over the last 12 months, and is the top scorer in the Champions League this term. He also helped Portugal qualify for the World Cup with a stunning hat-trick in his country's play-off against Sweden.

Xavi, a regular candidate for the Ballon d'Or in the past, conceded that this could well be the Real Madrid superstar's year - although he remains adamant that his Barcelona team-mate is the best in the world.

"Ribery and Cristiano deserve to win the Ballon d'Or but there's no doubt that the best player now - and of all time - is Messi. In any case, I don't vote," he told reporters.

Under new boss Tata Martino, Barcelona have qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League, while they also currently sit top of La Liga.

Xavi says his club are hoping to make amends for their 7-0 aggregate thrashing at the hands of Bayern Munich in the Champions League this season.

"I hope that if we play each other again we can be more competitive than last year," he remarked. "Obviously we recognise that they are the favourites."

The veteran Spain star added of his country's campaign to defend their world crown in Brazil next summer: "We're looking forward to it. "We know it will be difficult and especially against the hosts, Brazil, who are big rivals, as we saw in the Confederations Cup. We'll try to regain our title."

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: http://gms.to/writeforgms

Topics:
Cristiano Ronaldo
La Liga
Ronaldo
Barcelona
Lionel Messi
Football

Article Comments

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author

DISCLAIMER

This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeSport.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeSport.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again