Ronaldo loses out to Messi in Ballon d’Or, but …

… named “Series A player of the year”

Last night Madeira’s Cristiano Ronaldo saw Lionel Messi go above him in their battle to be the most decorated individual footballer of all-time. The pair are set to go down as two of the greatest players in the history of the game, with only one other player taking home Europe’s top award since 2007.

Before last night’s event, the two had each won five Ballon d’Or trophies, but the Argentine came out on top as expected, landing his sixth. Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk missed out despite his Champions League performances, ending the year with only the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year to his name. He came a creditable second (not bad for a defender) with Ronaldo third.

Interestingly, there are those who do not believe that (an unusually conservatively dressed!) Messi should have won the award this year, typified by articles such as CNN’s Three reasons Lionel Messi did not deserve the 2019 Ballon d’Or.

Ronaldo crowned “Series A player of the year”

Last night, however, was not entirely fruitless for the Madeiran, as he was crowned with the “Series A player of the year” award at the Gran Gala del Calcio awards ceremony in Milan.

Ronaldo, scored 26 goals in his debut season in Italy and helped Juventus towards another domestic title, picked up the individual prize in a ceremony which took place on last night, reports

A jury comprising of fellow Serie A players, coaches, referees, journalists, and current and former technical commissioners agreed upon Ronaldo’s name for the award. The Portugal international scored 21 times in 31 appearances, finishing fourth in the top-scoring charts in Series A.

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