- Cristiano Ronaldo was one of the 30 footballers selected for the Ballon d’Or award
- Ronaldo’s Agent Jorge Mendes Claims His Client Should Win This Year’s Gong
- Mendes also described the 36-year-old as the greatest footballer of all time
- Ex-Italy star Antonio Cassano claims Ronaldo is not in top five all-time list
- Cassano says Lionel Messi, Pele, Johan Cruyff, Ronaldo and Maradona are better
In yet another scathing attack on the Portuguese star, Italian football legend Antonio Cassano claims that Cristiano Ronaldo is not even among the top five greatest players of all time.
Ronaldo was branded by his agent Jorge Mendes as the greatest player of all time when the 36-year-old was included in the 30-man shortlist for the Ballon d’Or award, which the Portuguese icon had previously won five times. Is.
Retired Italian star Cassano, who has previously criticized Ronaldo, believes Pele, Diego Maradona, Lionel Messi, Johan Cruyff and former Brazil striker Ronaldo Nazario are above the best Manchester United wingers in football history.
Cristiano Ronaldo (above) is not in the top five best players of all time, claims Antonio Cassano
Cassano (above) says Lionel Messi, Pele, Diego Maradona, Johan Cruyff and Ronaldo are better
‘Enough Theater (from Jorge Mendes),’ told Cassano Christian Vieri’s Twitch Channel Bobo TV. ‘Is Cristiano Ronaldo the best in the history of football? He’s not even in the top five.
‘Messi, Pele, Maradona, Cruyff and Ronaldo are on the second level.’
Manchester United and Portugal star Ronaldo was named on the 30-man shortlist for the Ballon d’Or, which will be narrowed down to just three names ahead of the awards ceremony on November 29.
Ronaldo’s long-term rival Lionel Messi is on the list and is a favorite of bookies to win the seventh Ballon d’Or trophy in his career. UEFA Men’s Player of the Year Jorginho is on the list along with fellow Chelsea teammate N’Golo Kante.
Ronaldo was selected for the Ballon d’Or award, an hour he has won six times before
Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski was also shortlisted and is Kevin De Bruyne’s choice to win the award, while former Brazil striker Ronaldo Nazario claims Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema should pick up the award this year.
Meanwhile, super-agent Mendes insists that Ronaldo’s record-breaking year where he became international football’s all-time goalscorer is more than enough to award him
Mendes said: ‘The stats and statistics associated with Cristiano Ronaldo’s name speak for him and in my opinion should be enough for him to win another Ballon d’Or.
Jorge Mendes (right) claims Ronaldo will be a deserving winner of the Ballon d’Or this year
A remarkable total of 115 goals for the Portuguese national team makes him the record holder in the history of men’s international football.
This year he broke the 15-year-old record (for most international goals scored), adding to it to be the top scorer in the history of professional football.
‘All these achievements, which represent the greatest performance in the history of football, should be decisive in awarding the trophy, as he continues to demonstrate that he is undoubtedly the best football player in the world.’
Ronaldo (above) broke the all-time international goalscorer earlier this year
Meanwhile, Cassano, a former Juventus and Italy striker, has been very critical of Ronaldo in the past. The retired 39-year-old made the Portuguese forward when he was playing in Turin for being too selfish and not caring about his teammate.
In March this year, Cassano said, ‘Cristiano only thinks about his goals and records. ‘He’s always been a little selfish, he doesn’t care about scoring others.
‘He doesn’t live for the game – he lives for the goal and the situation is getting worse at the moment. I think Cristiano has done very well in the last three years.