RONALDO STAYS CALM

The Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo has said that is certainly not worried about not winning the FIFA Ballon d’Or award despite having a successful last season. Ronaldo was a recipient of this prestigious award back in 2008, but since then he has been beaten by the Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi in the last four seasons.

INIESTA IS WORTHY

The Spanish national team manager Vicente del Bosque has said that the Barcelona midfielder Andreas Iniesta is a worthy recipient of the FIFA Ballon d’Or award this season. This is an award that is considered as the crowning achievement for any player.

There have been a number of competitors for the award this season, which has been owned by the Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi for the past three seasons. The Argentine has scored 91 goals in all competitions for Barcelona in the calendar year, but he faces stiff competition from the likes of Iniesta and Cristiano Ronaldo.

XAVI IS WORTHY

Lothar Matthaus is regarded as one of the finest players to have represented the German national team. He has said that he regards the Barcelona midfielders Xavi and Iniesta to be more worthy of winning the FIFA Ballon d'Or award this season over the duo of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

PSG RULE OUT RONALDO MOVE

The French club PSG has said that they have not had any contact with the Real Madrid attacker Cristiano Ronaldo, who has been linked with a move away from the club in the last few weeks.

The 27-year-old Portuguese international recently said that he was not happy at the club, but he did not disclose any reasons for being unhappy. However, it is primarily thought that Cristiano Ronaldo wants to sign a new contract that would make him the best paid player in the world. He is already earning around £ 7 million net of taxes, which is already costing Real Madrid a lot of money.

RONALDO WOULD BE HONOURED

The Real Madrid attacker Cristiano Ronaldo has said that it would be extremely honourable to receive the FIFA Ballon d’Or award for the second time in his career. The former Manchester United star has already won the FIFA Ballon d’Or award once in his career when he was playing for Manchester United.

Even though he has scored a lot of goals for Real Madrid in the last few seasons, he has been consistently outplayed by Lionel Messi when it comes to winning this award. However, this time around the Real Madrid have won the league title, while Barcelona have not won anything.

INTER START SPENDING SPREE

After a very impressive and not yet finished spree in the transfer window Inter Milan have really added quality to their ranks.

At the back-end of last season Inter president gave Claudio Ranieri the boot and made young Andrea Strammacioni the manager. With the charismatic young man at the helm Inter looked much more positive and in their final home game of the season they beat city and eternal rivals AC Milan 4-2.

PASTORE BACKS MESSI

Paris St Germain and Argentina midfielder Javier Pastore has said that he is confident that his fellow countryman Lionel Messi will be able to lift the FIFA Ballon d'Or award for the fourth consecutive time.

MASCHERANO PUTS MESSI UP FOR AWARD

Barcelona midfielder Javier Mascherano has said that he expects star striker Lionel Messi to lift the FIFA Ballon d’Or award this season. The FIFA Ballon d’Or is one of the most coveted awards given to the exceptional player during a season.

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OUTSTANDING SEASON FOR RONALDO

Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo has said that his season with the club has been outstanding, while he will give a 9/10 rating for the achievements of his teammates. Cristiano Ronaldo has been one of the best attacking players in the world for quite a few years.

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