Another year, another award for Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Real Madrid superstar, who added a fourth Ballon d’Or award last year, was awarded The Best player of 2017 award at FIFA’s ceremony in London last night.
It follows a season in which Ronaldo fired Los Blancos to La Liga and Champions League glory, scoring twice in the 4-1 win over Juventus in the final.
Ronaldo is widely expected to take the 2017 Ballon d’Or award, too, which would cap a remarkable year for the 32-year-old.
That would tie him with Lionel Messi for most wins, adding another layer to their phenomenal rivalry.
Messi finished second in the voting, receiving 19.25 per cent of the votes compared to Ronaldo’s 43.16 per cent.
And his unsuccessful evening has not gone done well with the Catalan media.
Catalan media are furious
Mundo Deportivo, which is based in Barcelona, have completely dismissed the suggestion that Ronaldo is a better player than Messi, going with the headline: “The Best Or Not The Best’ - and including Shakespeare in their piece.
“It would be spectacular to ask William Shakespeare who is The Best, whether Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi,” Mundo write, per Sport Witness.
“That is the question. If we ask the soccer family of the world who is the best, simply ‘The Best’, surely Lionel Messi would always win, until he retires, even a little later.”
The Catalan newspaper go on to claim that Ronaldo desire to receive individual honours results in his pushing harder to win The Best and Ballon d’Or awards.
That’s a widely held opinion, with Messi prioritising team success instead.
'The best is Leo and that's it'
A Mundo columnist then expresses his belief that the ceremony was fixed to hand Ronaldo the main prize.
He writes: “But I have the feeling that more and more things are going on in voting, that there are more vested interests, from commercial firms to the mass media, and that the criteria that decides the balance in favour of one or another name varies according to the year… the best is Leo and that’s it.
“But that would be too boring and the machine must be fed.”
Sport's reaction is similar
The reaction from Sport is similarly bitter.
“Cristiano won The Best yesterday,” they write. “And in December he will surely win the Ballon d’Or. And thus, the greatest injustice in the history of football will be consummated.
The sheer disgust towards FIFA continues: “The Portuguese will have more individual prizes than Messi, when nobody in their right mind can deny the Argentine has been, is and will be, the best player of all time.
“Matching Cristiano to Messi in Ballon d’Ors is an unprecedented aberration that should embarrass the lords of FIFA, UEFA and France Football. And to all those who vote in these type of awards.”
So much vitriol. And yet the one person who you would assume to be most upset - Messi - was smiling when Ronaldo’s name was called out.
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