Xavi Backs Ronaldo To Win Ballon d’Or

By Adebayo Williams


Barcelona legend Xavi has said that Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo is the favourite to win this year’s Ballon d’Or. The former Spain midfielder said the Portuguese is more likely to win ahead of former teammate Lionel Messi. The 36-year-old said the Euro 2016 winner had won major trophies to help his cause in this year’s awards.

“Cristiano has the numbers to win this year’s Ballon d’Or, having won the Champions League and the Euros,” he said at the Aspire4Sports event in Amsterdam.

“But I also think that it’ll be very competitive, because Messi will be there, of course”.

Xavi had not been particularly a fan of the 30-year-old saying last month that “anybody who likes football” would consider Lionel Messi to be better than Ronaldo. The latter had taken a swipe back at the Spaniard reminding he had never won the Ballon d’Or.

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