9 December 2017
On Thursday Cristiano Ronaldo impressed many around the world when he won a record-equaling fifth Ballon d’Or award, but one person he didn’t impress was former Barcelona and Atletico Madrid forward Julio Salinas, who believes he doesn’t deserve any of his five Ballon d’Or awards.
Salinas, obviously not impressed by Ronaldo’s contributions to the beautiful game said the Portuguese does not deserve his awards and is not among the best players in history.
Ronaldo claimed the Ballon d’Or for the fourth time in five years as the 32-year-old labeled himself the “best player in history”.
However, Salinas, an ex-Spain international dismissed Ronaldo’s claims via social media as he talked Barca great Lionel Messi instead.
“Just because you’re very good, that doesn’t mean you’re the best, as you’ve had the bad luck of coinciding with the great Messi,” he wrote on Twitter.
“Sincerely, I don’t think you are on the podium of the best in history, as there are quite a few who’d surpass you.
“Comfort yourself with these Ballon d’Or awards [something you have not deserved].”
Salinas later defended his opinion, though he spoke of his respect for Ronaldo but lauded Messi’s overall game.
Messi leads LaLiga with 13 goals, 11 more than Ronaldo after 14 matches.
However, Ronaldo leads in the Champions League, having netted nine goals in six Champions League appearances this season, compared to Messi’s three.
Ronaldo, who is already the competition’s all-time leading scorer became the first player in history to convert in all six Champions League group-stage matches on Wednesday.