Allegri: Ronaldo deserves the Ballon d’Or

MILAN, ITALY - NOVEMBER 11: Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus FC celebrates his goal during the Serie A match between AC Milan and Juventus at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on November 11, 2018 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri is adamant that Cristiano Ronaldo clearly deserves a record sixth Ballon d’Or this year

Italian news outlet Tuttosport claimed that neither Ronaldo or Lionel Messi are in the final 3-man shortlist for the 2018 award.

Instead, the report stated that Kylian Mbappe, Raphael Varane and Luka Modric are the nominees.

However, based on everything Ronaldo’s done, Allegri backed his star man for the award.

“I don’t know anything about the Ballon d’Or nominations, but for all Cristiano Ronaldo has done he would deserve it,” Allegri told reporters on Twitter.

Meanwhile, Paulo Dybala’s late return from international duty with Argentina means he may be benched for Juventus’ game with SPAL on Saturday.

But Allegri remains pleased with the 25-year-old striker’s progress.

“Dybala is doing well. He’s in great physical and mental shape and he can keep growing.” said Allegri.

“Dybala plays his best when he is playing deeper. He is able to influence the game and finish chances created by his teammates.”

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Croatian forward Mario Mandžukic will, therefore, likely partner Ronaldo up front this Saturday.

“Mario Mandžukic and Cristiano have a good understanding, even when they play as a three with Dybala,” added Allegri.

“The team expresses themselves well, there is more attention to detail and Cristiano has brought a lot of competitiveness into training.”

French midfielder Blaise Matuidi will likely be unavailable after needing some extra time off to rest.

The Serie A game between Juventus and SPAL will begin at 18:00 (CET) on Saturday at the Allianz Stadium.