Torres and Fergie await the crowning of World Player of the Year-elect Cristiano Ronaldo

Only five days remain for the world to know who will be the next Ballon d’Or winner. Due to his amazing performance last season, Cristiano Ronaldo has become the hot favourite to win the award.

Barcelona’s Argentine Superstar Lionel Messi, Spain’s Euro 2008 winning captain Iker Casillas and striker Fernando Torres also all vie for the honour.

However, Liverpool’s number 9 fully believes that Ronaldo is the right man for the price.

“No-one can rival him,” the Spaniard told France Football a week ago. “He is in a class of his own. I have never seen a comparable player.”

“What he did last season is incredible,” Torres continued. “No-one won this year what he’s won: UEFA Champions League, Premier League and Golden Boot,” he added.

El Nino had a wonderful season with Manchester United’s archrivals Liverpool; He bagged 33 goals in the entire season and finished second best with 24 goals in the Premier League’s Top Scorers Chart.
But Torres seems far from feeling any kind of jealousy or dissatisfaction should he not win both the Ballon d’Or and the Fifa Player of the Year awards.

“For me he is the best player in the world,” Torres explained, talking about Ronaldo. “A machine. Incomparable,” he concluded.

Torres is not the only one to think that Ronaldo is undoubtedly the right candidate for the prestigious award.
Manchester United’s boss Sir Alex Ferguson also expressed himself on this issue two nights ago, after his side’s game away to Villareal.

“If Ronaldo doesn’t win the Ballon D’Or this season I will quit as manager,” Fergie said to SKY Italia with a smile.

What a harsh threat to the voters from the 66 year old coach! The reality is that Ferguson – who hasn’t decided himself yet to quit his managerial career in football – is not ready either to see someone else than his beloved Ronaldo grabbing the Ballon d’Or into his hands.

Written by: Angela Asante

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