– FIFA The Best awards saw Lionel Messi cart home the prestigious award on Monday night
– Fabio Paratici stressed Ronaldo claimed more awards than the Argentine during the year under review
– The Barcelona talisman Messi has now clinched the award for the first time adding to his previous five Balon d’Or
Cristiano Ronaldo should have beaten Lionel Messi to The Best FIFA men’s player award claims Fabio Paratici, Juventus sporting director, moment after the ceremony on Monday, September 23, in Milan.
At the end of the ceremony, the Barcelona talisman Messi clinched the honour for the first time, while Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk and Juve striker Ronaldo finished second and third respectively.
According to Goal.com citing Corriere dello Sport, Juve official Paratici is still disappointed Ronaldo did not get the votes he needed to win, stressing the Portuguese deserved to win the award judging by the honours he carted home in 2019.
“We are also disappointed over the award last night,” Paratici was quoted by Corriere dello Sport.
“While still respecting Messi, who is a great player, we think and thought that after last season, having won the Nations League, Serie A, and the Italian Super Cup, having played a great Champions League, he [Ronaldo] deserved this award.”
The FIFA Best award is voted for by captain, coaches of international teams, alongside selected media representatives. Reacting moment after the ceremony, the 34-year-old took to his Instagram to make a unclear statement.
“Patience and persistence are two characteristics that differentiate the professional from the amateur,” he wrote on the social media platform.
“Everything that is big today has started small. You can’t do everything, but do everything you can to make your dreams come true. “And keep in mind that after night always comes dawn,” Ronaldo submitted.
Tuko.co.ke reported earlier that Mohamed Salah is currently involved in a fresh controversy with the Egyptian FA – after the later failed to perform the statutory role during the just-concluded FIFA’s Best awards.
According to Mirror report, the right to vote for the FIFA player of the season award is handed to national team manager and captain from member nations, alongside a member of the media.
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