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MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 27: Luka Modric of Real Madrid CF holds the trophy as he celebrates with his teammates at Cibeles square a day after winning their 13th European Cup on May 27, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly very disappointed for losing the UEFA Player of the Year award against Luka Modric.

This Thursday’s UEFA Champions League ceremony’s awards were expected by most people, except by Cristiano Ronaldo who didn’t like losing to Luka Modric as the Best Player in Europe one bit as ATres Media reported. The Portuguese forward is still salty about how the whole situation of his exit from Real Madrid happened, he didn’t receive the wage increase he requested to Florentino Perez and decided to leave Juventus out of a whim. Since he started representing the Italian giants, Ronaldo hasn’t stopped sending digs in Real Madrid’s direction including to many of his former teammates who formed a very close friendship with. Suddenly all the great moments he lived with every one of them didn’t matter, all that did matter was him getting his point across to the club’s president who is the one everyone should blame in his view. For the Spanish press, Cristiano Ronaldo’s absence from the UEFA ceremony was very disrespectful to all his former teammates who did attend the gala and mostly to Luka Modric who beat him fair and square after the amazing year he had with both Real Madrid and the National Team of Croatia at the World Cup.

Ronaldo did get an award.

The general feeling from this gala was that Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah were not going to receive the Best Player award, regardless of how well they played the Champions League during the last competition. Luka Modric didn’t only lead his National Team to the World Cup final and received the tournament’s Golden Ball as the best player of the competition, he also led his club to conquer their third consecutive Champions League trophy and he was voted in a fair manner to get recognized as the best European player of the year. But Cristiano Ronaldo sees it differently, he truly believes that he deserves the award and was reportedly fuming for not being able to win it on Thursday evening. The reactions from his agent Jorge Mendes, as well as his sister Katia Aveiro, are more than enough proof that Cristiano Ronaldo has never been very good at accepting defeat but deep down he knew he wouldn’t win the major award of the night and that’s why he decided not to attend the event. The prize he did get was the Best Striker award, which he got for the 15 goals he scored during the tournament.

Ronaldo’s odds to win the Ballon d’Or.

If we look at the situation from an objective perspective, this Thursday’s UEFA Player of the Year Award was decisive to know if Cristiano Ronaldo had a chance to win either this year’s Ballon d’Or or FIFA’s The Best Award later in the year. In fact, Cristiano’s best chances to win an individual trophy this year started with this one and losing it can become quite indicative of what will happen by the end of the year with the rest of the awards. This might very well be the end of an era for football, the one in which we will witness a generational shift that will no longer have Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo getting all the recognition as the best players in the world. This means that by the end of 2018, we might get a brand new player as the best in the world and that is very exciting because change always is. It’s just a bummer that Cristiano Ronaldo lacks the class to concede defeat when it happens to him, because he truly is one of the greats inside the pitch but he has never really proved it outside of it with his constant petulant tantrums.

Today could’ve gone so smoothly if he had only attended the ceremony, it was a great gesture to his former teammates and a fantastic way to extend an olive branch after so many digs towards Real Madrid from Italy. But this is just wishful thinking, because we know that Cristiano Ronaldo has never been capable of accepting that another player is better than he is even if said player is his friend. We can’t imagine what teammates Sergio Ramos, Keylor Navas, and Modric himself are thinking about Cristiano Ronaldo. What we can imagine and actually can’t wait for it to happen, is the Portuguese forward returning to the Santiago Bernabeu and watching the reaction of some of his former fans after such a horrible gesture like the one from today. This controversial story is far from over, it’s just getting started and Cristiano Ronaldo once again is right in the middle of it.

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