He is clearly biased, but according to his agent Jorge Mendes, Cristiano Ronaldo deserves to win the FIFA Ballon d’Or 2021. It would be his sixth career player of the year award and would put him on a par with Lionel Messi in the most amount of all. the times.
Messi, Robert Lewandowski and Jorginho are among the names discussed as potential winners, although a groundswell of support is building for Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah based on his recent form.
Mendes feels he has done more than enough to win it despite finishing last season with only one trophy to his name: the 2021 Italian Coppa Italia.
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Cristiano Ronaldo’s case to win the Ballon d’Or
“The figures and statistics linked to the name of Cristiano Ronaldo speak for him and should be enough in my opinion for him to win another Ballon d’Or,” Mendes said. France Soccer. “The extraordinary total of 115 goals by the Portuguese team makes him the record holder in the history of international men’s football. This year he broke this 15-year record, to which he can add being 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 the awarding of the trophy, as he continues to show that he is, without a doubt, the best footballer in the world of all time.”
The fact that Ronaldo finished as the top scorer in both Italian Serie A (29 goals in 2020-21) and Euro 2021 (five goals) are other relevant credentials, but Mendes feels his overall records should come into play.
Ronaldo has scored 115 goals for Portugal to become the player with the most goals in men’s international soccer and during the international break in October he became the first player to score 10 international hat-tricks in the 5-0 victory. before Luxembourg.
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He has the record for goals in the Champions League and is the only player in the world who has won everything in three different countries with maximum competitiveness, as was the case with England, Italy and Spain.
“All this at 36 years old, with a consistency, a commitment and a phenomenal ability to overcome difficulties that are absolutely unique. In my opinion, this year the Ballon d’Or has a name: Cristiano Ronaldo. For me, it has never deserved it. so much much. “
Since his return to Manchester United, Ronaldo has also scored five goals in seven games in the Premier League and the Champions League.
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Lewandowski has been touted as one of the favorites to win the award due to his exploits with Bayern Munich last season. He finished last season with 41 Bundesliga goals in just 29 games, while also scoring five in six Champions League appearances.
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This season, the Polish international has scored 11 goals in nine Bundesliga and Champions League games.
Chelsea star Jorginho has also stood out as a top contender after playing a crucial role in his team’s Champions League winning campaign and in Italy’s championship race at Euro 2021.
Despite having a disappointing season with Barcelona, Messi is in the picture, having won his first major international trophy with Argentina when they won the Copa América this summer. Like Ronaldo, he won the Spanish national cup, the Copa del Rey.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.