Fernando Santos suggested that something strange is happening as Cristiano Ronaldo didn’t win either the UEFA or FIFA Player of the Year awards
The 33-year-old was overlooked for both awards in favour of former Real Madrid team-mate Luka Modric.
To the fury of both FIFA and UEFA, Ronaldo also chose not to attend either gala as he settles in at new club Juventus.
But, on the back of another 50 goals last season for club and country, Santos cannot understand how Ronaldo was not awarded at least one of UEFA and FIFA’s prizes.
“Modric is a great footballer and that’s why I voted him as the second-best player [for FIFA The Best],” the Portugal coach told Marca.
“But Cristiano is undoubtedly the best one. He has scored 50 goals last season and when the best player in the world doesn’t even win one award then there is something strange happening.”
Ronaldo’s spectacular goal in last season’s Champions League against Juventus was also overlooked in favour of Mohamed Salah for FIFA’s Puskas Award.