Perez: Ballon d'Or Will Be Won By Ronaldo


He was already a Ballon d'Or winner by that stage, but the 32-year-old has surpassed all expectations to become one of the finest performers of this or any other generation.

The Portuguese arrived at Santiago Bernabeu amid much fanfare in the summer of 2009, with a record-breaking transfer securing his services from Manchester United.

Former Real Madrid defender Alvaro Arbeloa insists Cristiano Ronaldo deserves to be regarded in the "same bracket" as Alfredo di Stefano.

Madrid hero Di Stefano spent 11 years with the club between 1953 and 1964, winning eight La Liga titles and five European Cups.

As has been seen this season, Zidane will not budge from using strikers that clearly aren't fit for purpose.

Lionel Messi was heavily involved throughout the game and had 4 key passes, completed 5 dribbles, had an 80% pass accuracy and 79 touches to go with his 2 goals and 2 assists in a majestic display helping Barcelona maintain pressure on their fierce rivals.

Despite having to routinely come off of the bench, he still managed to finish with 14 goals which was three more than Benzema, who, as now, was Zidane's preferred choice.

"During my seven years at the club, I was always myself and I defended my teammates, manager and the club", he noted.

"He's just picked up his second FIFA The Best Award in a row, and I'm sure that next week, he'll get his hands on his fifth Ballon d'Or". You have to know when to say goodbye because it's not easy and even less so at Real Madrid.

His father had talked in glowing terms about Real and the player himself seemed happy enough... When Mbappe, via his representatives, wanted guarantees as to playing time, the coach wouldn't give it.

"I'd also like to mention our player, Cristiano Ronaldo", Perez said.

"But there came a time when football did not give me what it had given me in the past, I looked to the future and I did not see that passion to continue training".