Cristiano Ronaldo’s former boss speaks out over Ballon d’Or controversy: ‘Messi is technically the best’
Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri has, on Thursday, provided his take on the recent controversy surrounding the awarding of the Ballon d’Or.
Messi bags number 7
The subject of the ‘Golden Ball’ has of course dominated headlines across the globe this week.
This comes after the latest edition of the award, widely considered as the most prestigious individual prize in world football, was handed out for the year of 2021.
In the end, Lionel Messi emerged triumphant, pipping prolific Bayern Munich hitman Robert Lewandowski to top spot, and etching his name ever further into the history books of football in the process.
HERE IS THE WINNER!
SEVEN BALLON D’OR FOR LIONEL MESSI! #ballondor pic.twitter.com/U2SywJmruC
— Ballon d’Or #ballondor (@francefootball) November 29, 2021
The aftermath of Monday’s ceremony, however, has seen many raise concerns with the Ballon d’Or, and specifically Messi’s credentials for this year’s accolade.
One such individual who was evidently of the opinion that the Argentine was undeserving, meanwhile, was long-time rival Cristiano Ronaldo.
In somewhat petty fashion, the Portuguese icon, who didn’t even attend this week’s ceremony in Paris, took to Instagram to reply to the following fan-made post with the simple comment ‘Factos’ (Facts).
“Theft. Dirt. Shame. Simply regrettable.
“Who saw, saw. Anyone who is smart enough knows who the real deserving ones are. Receiving awards without earning it is false happiness, without pride.
“43 goals in the year, 6 goals in 5 games in this Champions League, all decisive and a guy who, regardless of age, continues to work miracles and is the guy who most impresses the world most often.
“They still put the guy in 6th… Do you really think that 5 guys did more than him in the year? Never.
“He could fight for this award calmly and the fight would be good with Lewandowski who in individual numbers was incredible and Bayern had a better season than Juventus and has been having a calmer season than United, but at the national selection level for example, Cristiano was much better.”
And, as alluded to above, on Thursday, a former manager of one of the two standout stars of the current generation has provided his take on the fallout stemming from the awarding of the Ballon d’Or.
The tactician in question? Massimilano Allegri.
Italian headmaster Allegri of course took charge of Ronaldo during the 2018-19 campaign, en route to securing the Serie A title with Juventus.
Despite his relationship with the Portuguese, however, the recently-returned Bianconeri boss has revealed his opinion that Messi, to this day, remains from a technical standpoint at least, ‘the best in the world’:
‘They picked Messi and we can say that technically he is the best player in the world.’
‘But I don’t know what they base their judgement on.’
Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri snubs Cristiano Ronaldo saying Ballon d’Or winner Leo Messi is ‘technically the best player in the world.’ https://t.co/PVVic9Mawz #Juve #Juventus #SerieA #Calcio #BallonDor #Messi #CristianoRonaldo
— footballitalia (@footballitalia) December 2, 2021
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