Cristiano Ronaldo adds a new award to his long list of distinctions.
Cristiano Ronaldo. / Photo: soccer.ru/Анна Нэсси
LatinAmerican Post | Laura Viviana Guevara Muñoz
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Last Monday, most of the fans were focused on one of the most important awards in football: the delivery of the Ballon d'Or. Awarded by France Football magazine, the award was taken by Argentine Lionel Messi. Cristiano Ronaldo, on the other hand, was also one of the nominees and according to the vote, the Portuguese star was in third place, after the Dutch Virgil van Dijk.
However, one of the main questions of the night was why Cristiano Ronaldo did not attend the ceremony? In the different social networks, several fans began to speculate that his absence was due because the Portuguese was not the winner and could not stand that the Argentine, his historical rival, overcame him in trophies.
Faced with the controversy, Messi himself and who was asked about the absence of the Portuguese replied, “Cristiano is not here because he couldn't and should not be turned around. We had a great gala.” Meanwhile, Luka Modric was more direct and said that “football is about respect and when you don't win, out of respect, you have to be there because football is celebrated like tonight. I'm here to celebrate football, to show respect,” as TNT recalls.
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Well, despite what everyone may say, Cristiano Ronaldo was attending another important event, which left him with one of the most important awards in the Italian Serie A.
The Italian league also delivered last December 2 the prizes associated with the first division of this country, where the Portuguese was named as the MVP (Most Valuable Player) of the 2018-2019 season.
Cristiano Ronaldo managed to impose himself last season achieving extraordinary figures, because, throughout this, he scored 21 goals, he made 8 assists and all this he did in the 31 games he played as a starter in Juventus, a team with which he conquered not only the Italian League but the Italian Super Cup in which he scored the victory goal at minute 61.
As if this was not enough, Ronaldo again breaks records, because with this new trophy, the Portuguese becomes the first player to be named MVP of three important leagues, since he won the same title during his time in the Premier League, by the hand of Manchester United; in La Liga, hand in hand with Real Madrid; and now he did it in Serie A with Juventus.
In his acceptance speech, the Portuguese said, “It is a pride to be the best player in Serie A. I thank my teammates and everyone who voted for me. Now I will work to repeat and be here next year.”
The ideal eleven
During the “Gala del Calcio”, the Best Coach (Gian Piero Gasperini del Atalanta) was also announced; the best goal (Fabio Quagliarella in the match between Sampdoria vs Napoli); Best referee (Gianluca Rocchi) and Best club (Atalanta), among others as the women's categories: Best female Serie A goal (Thaisa in the Milan vs Juventus match) and Best female Serie A player (Manuela Giugliano (Milan).
In addition, one of the most anticipated awards of the night was the announcement of the ideal eleven; Prize where the Portuguese was also the protagonist. The above, considering that he was one of the three strikers selected, along with the Colombian Duván Zapata (Atalanta) and the Italian Fabio Quagliarella (Sampdoria).
This is how while Messi was awarded the Ballon d'Or, the Portuguese star was not far behind and received two awards in an important ceremony, with which he imposes a new record. Hopefully, he will concentrate on his next season, and, why not, he will have such a good performance that he is a nominee to win the Ballon d'Or again.