Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are often compared to each other; their rivalry has been growing a lot. But CR9 insists that heâ€™s not jealous of Barcelonaâ€™s Argentine forward.
It was looked like Lionel Messi was going to scoop the FIFA Player of the Year award and prevent Cristiano Ronaldo from winning it for the second time in a row.
Speaking ahead of the FIFA Player of Year Awards ceremony in Zurich, Cristiano Ronaldo avowed his joy at winning the prestigious title. He explained:
â€œIt will be a great feeling of happiness if I win the [FIFA Player of the Year] trophy again. Everyboday knows how important and huge this award is.
â€œI felt privileged when I won it last year and Iâ€™m sure this yearâ€™s winner will be delighted.â€
Cristiano Ronaldoâ€™s Real Madrid team mate Kaka, Barcelonaâ€™s midfield duo Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta, as well as hot favorite Lionel Messi were all vying for last nightâ€™s FIFA Player of the Year award.
However, everyone was expecting the 22-year-old Argentine forward to take away the prize. Speaking about his rival, 2008 FIFA Player of the Year winner Cristiano Ronaldo stated:
â€œLionel Messi is an important player for FC Barcelona. Heâ€™s played very well for them. He will probably win the award.â€
After praising the importance of Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta as well, Cristiano Ronaldo proudly declared:
â€œEveryone gets what he deserves. I am not jealous of Lionel [Messi],
â€œI would like to commend him for what he has done and I would like to commend other nominees as well.â€
Angela Asante, CRF Chief Editor