FC Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde suggested he doesn’t care whether it will be Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo who wins the Ballon d’Or, and claimed the award has no value
The Camp Nou boss has slammed the value given to individual awards in football and says he will refuse to talk about any of them, GOAL understands. It’s quite strange however, to hear that from the head coach of one of the players who has a good chance of winning the award.
It comes as no surprise to anyone following the world of football, as the two players racing for the most prestigious individual award in the sport are Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi again. France Football will announce this year’s winner on Thursday, with Ronaldo being the top favourite.
If the Portuguese superstar manages to win it for the fifth time, he would draw level with his Argentine competitor, as Messi is currently leading the race between the two in terms of number of Ballon d’Or awards. Ronaldo has already won the FIFA Best Men’s Player prize in October, and he has a good chance of winning another award this year.
According to GOAL, Madrid’s La Liga and Champions League double last season makes the 32-year-old favourite to do just that, but Valverde has no time for the clamour around individual gongs – including the European Golden Shoe, which Messi won for a fourth time as the continent’s top scorer last month.
“I don’t value any prize at all. Everyone is free to give prizes that they believe are convenient to the players. The Golden Shoe, the Ballon d’Or… I don’t know how many prizes exist. I’d rather not to evaluate any of them,” the Barcelona manager said after their victory over Sporting CP in the Champions League on Tuesday.