In a surprising turn of events, superstar footballer Cristiano Ronaldo has cast doubt on the credibility of football’s individual awards, pointing fingers at Lionel Messi’s recent FIFA triumph over Erling Haaland.
Last week, Lionel Messi clinched FIFA’s The Best prize, causing astonishment among fans and pundits who expected the Treble-winning Erling Haaland to secure the prestigious accolade.
Messi’s Ballon d’Or win, following his World Cup triumph, further fueled the controversy, as FIFA’s prize covered a period that did not include the global tournament.
After securing three prizes at the Globe Soccer Awards, Ronaldo took the opportunity to express his skepticism about the legitimacy of such accolades.
Hinting that Messi might not be a deserving winner, Ronaldo stated, “I think that, in a way, these awards are losing credibility.
We have to analyze the entire season. It’s not to say that Messi didn’t deserve it, or Haaland or even Mbappe. I simply no longer believe in these awards.”
Ronaldo emphasized the importance of considering facts and numbers in evaluating players’ performances. “And it’s not because I won at Globe Soccer.
But there are facts, there are numbers. And the numbers don’t deceive. They can’t take this trophy away from me because it’s a reality. So it makes me even happier because the numbers are facts.”
The football icon acknowledged that he is unlikely to be in the running for major awards in the future due to his current playing stint in Saudi Arabia.
Ronaldo shared, “We know how other organisms work. Obviously, I always think about my club and the national team first.
The awards come after a good season for the club and the national team. I don’t think about it much, honestly.”