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FIFA Ballon d’Or for Cristiano Ronaldo: agent pleads for Manchester United star in 2021

He’s clearly biased, but according to his agent Jorge Mendes Cristiano Ronaldo deserves to win the 2021 FIFA Ballon d’Or. It would be the sixth Player of the Year award of his career and place him tied with Lionel Messi for the most part. all time.

Messi, Robert Lewandowski and Jorginho are some of the names discussed as potential winners, although a wave of support is building for Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah based on his recent form.

Mendes believes he did more than enough to win it despite ending last season with just one trophy under his belt: the 2021 Italian Coppa Italia.

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Cristiano Ronaldo case to win the Ballon d’Or

“The numbers and statistics related to Cristiano Ronaldo’s name speak for him and in my opinion should be enough for him to win another Ballon d’Or,” Mendes told France Football. “The absolutely remarkable total of 115 goals for the Portuguese national team makes him the record holder in the history of men’s international football. This year he broke that 15-year record, to which he can add that of being the top scorer in the history of professional football.

“All of these achievements, which represent the greatest achievement in football history, should be decisive in the awarding of the trophy, as it continues to demonstrate that he is, without a doubt, the best football player in the world of all the time.”

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The fact that Ronaldo finished top scorer in Italian Serie A (29 goals in 2020-21) and European Championship 2021 (five goals) are other relevant references, but Mendes believes his overall records should come into play. .

Ronaldo scored 115 times for Portugal to become the best player in men’s international football and during the October international break he became the first player to score 10 hat tricks internationally in a 5-0 win over Luxembourg.

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“He holds the record for goals in the Champions League and he is the only player in the world to have won everything in three different countries with maximum competitiveness, as was the case in England, Italy and Spain.

“All this at 36, with consistency, an absolutely unique commitment and a phenomenal ability to overcome difficulties. In my opinion, this year the Ballon d’Or has a name: Cristiano Ronaldo. For me, it does not. never deserved so much. a lot. “

Since returning to Manchester United, Ronaldo has also scored five times in seven Premier League and Champions League appearances.

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Lewandowski was billed as one of the favorites to win the award due to his exploits for Bayern Munich last season. He finished last season with 41 Bundesliga goals in just 29 appearances, while he also scored five in six Champions League appearances.

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This season, the Poland international has scored 11 goals in nine Bundesliga and Champions League appearances.

Chelsea star Jorginho has also been touted as one of the top contenders after playing a crucial role in his side’s winning campaign in the Champions League and Italy’s Euro 2021 championship.

Despite a disappointing season with Barcelona, ​​Messi is in the game, having won his first major international trophy with Argentina by winning the Copa America this summer. Similar to Ronaldo, he won the Spanish national cup, the Copa del Rey.

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