Dani Alves is not afraid to express himself. He has confused many, many Barcelona fans over the years with some rather outlandish outfits and has regularly caused controversy by speaking his mind.
Now the Brazilian defender has risked the wrath of 108 million Facebook fans by suggesting Cristiano Ronaldo is not good enough to be in the Ballon d'Or final three.
Let the Internet commence meltdown.
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Ronaldo is going to feel very lonely when the Ballon d'Or gala gets underway in January. The Real Madrid star will have to share the stage with Barcelona superstars Leo Messi and Neymar, who are favourites to take first and second respectively.
But Alves believes Ronaldo should feel lucky to be there at all. It is a sensational claim to make considering the 30-year-old outscored Messi last season, bagging 61 goals in all competitions compared to the Argentine's 58.
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The difference, however, was that Messi won the treble with Barcelona while Ronaldo's Real Madrid finished the season without a major honour, and not for the first time in recent years.
Although the Ballon d'Or is strictly an award for individual efforts, Alves maintains that just scoring goals is simply not enough. That is why Alves believes Ronaldo should not be on the podium come January.
"Messi is a bit ahead, because of his influence on the game," Alves told reporters. "I think at this moment, Neymar is second best in the world.
"Cristiano Ronaldo doesn't deserve to be among the Ballon d'Or finalists. It's not only about scoring goals.”
Chronic lack of silverware
Ronaldo's chronic lack of silverware during his six years at Real Madrid will always haunt what should be an incredible legacy at the Bernabeu. Indeed, he is likely to finish his career in the Spanish capital with an average of over a goal a game, not to mention as the club's all-time top goalscorer.
But Ronaldo has always had to absorb criticism for his lack of teamwork. It is assumed that if Real Madrid win 4-0, but Ronaldo has failed to score, he will walk off the pitch in a sulk. The result is a huge batch of individual accolades, but only one La Liga winner's medal.
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