He is clearly biased, but according to his agent Jorge Mendes, Cristiano Ronaldo deserves to win the 2021 FIFA Ballon d’Or. He would be the sixth Player of the Year to receive an award in his career and put him on par with Lionel Messi most of the time.
Messi, Robert Lewandowski and Jorginho are some of the names discussed as potential winners although support is growing for Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah based on his recent form.
Mendes feels he did more than enough to win it even though he finished last season with only one trophy to his name: the 2021 Coppa Italia.
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The case for Cristiano Ronaldo winning the Ballon d’Or
“The numbers and statistics associated with the name Cristiano Ronaldo speak for him and should be enough, in my opinion, to win the Ballon d’Or again,” Mendes said. France Football. “The very impressive total of 115 goals for the Portuguese national team makes him the record holder in the history of international men’s football. This year he broke that record for the 15-year-old, who can add that to being the top scorer in the history of professional football.
“All these accomplishments, representing the greatest performance in football history, should be decisive in awarding the trophy, as he continues to prove that he is without a doubt the best footballer in the world ever.”
The fact that Ronaldo finished top scorer in Serie A (29 goals in 2020-21) and the European Championship in 2021 (five goals) are other relevant credentials, but Mendes feels his overall records must play a role.
Ronaldo scored 115 goals for Portugal to become the most-scoring player in men’s international football and during the international break in October he became the first player to score 10 hat-tricks at international level in the 5-0 win over Luxembourg.
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“He holds the Champions League goals record and 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 the age of 36, with a completely unique consistency, commitment and tremendous ability to overcome difficulties. In my opinion, this year’s Ballon d’Or has a name: Cristiano Ronaldo. For me, he never deserved it so much.”
Since returning to Manchester United, Ronaldo has also scored five goals in seven matches across the Premier League and Champions League.
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Lewandowski has been touted as one of the nominees for the award due to his exploits with Bayern Munich last season. He finished last season with 41 Bundesliga goals from just 29 matches, while also scoring five goals in six Champions League matches.
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This season, the Polish international has scored 11 goals from nine matches in the Bundesliga and Champions League.
Chelsea star Jorginho was also highlighted as the number one contender after he played an important role in his team’s Champions League winning campaign and in the European Championship 2021.
Despite having a disappointing season with Barcelona, Messi is in the frame, having won his first major international title with Argentina when he won the Copa America this summer. Similar to Ronaldo, he won Spain’s domestic cup, the Copa del Rey.