Dani Alves has always been quick to speak his thoughts. Those thoughts are invariably about either Barcelona being brilliant or Real Madrid being rubbish. Yesterday, at the Ballon d'Or gala, it was no different.
The Brazilian full-back was quick to proclaim that Ronaldo's final position in the main award – second behind Leo Messi and in front of Neymar – was not right. Neymar, both a national and club team-mate of Alves', received just 7.86% of the votes while Ronaldo garnered 27.76%.
In response, Alves said: "Nothing surprises me anymore in the football world, but I don't agree with the difference [in votes] between Ney and Cristiano. If Leo didn't win it, it had to be Ney. But he will win it one day. He has a lot of potential and quality. He wants it and he will fight a lot to achieve it. He always fights for his dreams."
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They are the kind of comments that would never go down too well in Ronaldo's entourage, which we imagine contains as many as one thousand overly-bejewelled people. But those comments came after an alleged encounter between Ronaldo and Alves.
According to Marca, the two came to verbal blows earlier in the ceremony in which neither of them held back. It was the first time they had seen each other since Barcelona's 4-0 win over Real Madrid at the Bernabeu in November.
Alves the Antagonist
There is no information offered on what was said, which may make you feel slightly suspicious as to whether it actually happened. But if they did have heated words, then we imagine Ronaldo wanted to talk to Alves about the comments he made following that Clasico fixture.
Alves said of Ronaldo: "Cristiano Ronaldo is too much of a personality. When you win, you're always in the limelight and when you don't, you have to bear the brunt of it. We have too much to worry about ourselves, I don't care what he does."
Even if Alves was the nicest man in the world towards Ronaldo, it is unlikely the three-time (Yes, still three) Ballon d'Or winner would ever warm to him. Mainly because he holds the record for the most wins against Real Madrid in Spanish football history, according to this tweet:
How does he do it?
Ah, that's how.
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