What Ronaldo told me about his success - Matuidi

Ross Houston
November 3, 2018

However, he became engulfed in scandal back in 2006 when he was accused of getting Red Devils team-mate Wayne Rooney sent off at the World Cup.

And now speaking about his competition for the coveted prize, Cristiano Ronaldo has opened up about the players who will challenge him for the Ballon d'Or. "When I say quality I don't just say creative players - Chiellini and Bonucci, it is absolutely lovely to see".

When forced to choose between the two, Figo is torn and told DAZN that: "It depends, Cristiano is capable of scoring a lot of goals with his head but the two strikers are very impressive".

'As for Cristiano Ronaldo, he is a monster.

The Frenchman spoke about Ronaldo's growing influence after the Portuguese superstar inspired his team to a 1-0 away win over Manchester United in the Champions League.

Speaking to RMC, he said: "We were all dead exhausted after the match against Manchester United and the day after, except Cristiano".

"I asked myself: 'Am I ever going to be back on the field?' My family and my friends were really important for me at that moment - they helped me to get up again". I would have voted for him, the results are the only objective thing, everything else is subjective.

'He is 33-years-old, but he is really an example.

"He's also crucial over the 90 minutes".

"Everyone feels much stronger alongside him".

Any footballer who has had the privilege of sharing a football pitch with Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo is lucky.

Both players have shared between themselves 10 ballon d'Or awards since the first time Ronaldo won it in 2008 while at Manchester United.

After their win on English soil, Mourinho heaped praise on both players, saying: "Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini, they could go to Harvard University to give classes about how to be a central defender".

However, Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone was dragged into the conversation earlier this year when his discussion with his assistant made it to media space after Croatia hammered Argentina 3-0 in Russian Federation.

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