Cristiano Ronaldo deserves to win the Best FIFA footballer of the year award in 2017.
Cristiano Ronaldo deserves to win the Best FIFA footballer of the year award in 2017, despite the fine performances of his rival Lionel Messi, according to Brazilian legend Ronaldo.
“This year I would choose Cristiano Ronaldo to win it,” Ronaldo, a three-time recipient of football’s highest individual honour, was quoted as saying by Agencies on Sunday.
Cristiano Ronaldo, a four-time winner of the FIFA player of the year award, has scored 40 goals and provided 12 assists in 45 matches for Real Madrid in the 2016-17 Season.
Meanwhile, Messi — who has received the honour five times — has scored 54 goals and provided 19 assists in 52 matches.
Real Madrid won the title of the Spanish La Liga and will play Juventus in the UEFA Champions League final on Saturday. Barcelona, meanwhile, won the Spanish Super Cup and the Copa del Rey.
Ronaldo also revealed that if it was not for his arguments over his weight with then Real Madrid head coach Fabio Capello, he would have stayed longer than five years at the Spanish capital giants.
Ronaldo, who also played for Inter Milan, captured two Spanish La Liga titles during his time in Madrid before departing midway through the 2006-07 Season.