Croatia coach apologises to Ronaldo
Posted: 7 September 2018 Time: 19:00
Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic says he regrets calling Cristiano Ronaldo an "egoist" after the player failed to attend the UEFA Awards ceremony.
Ronaldo was beaten to the UEFA Player of the Season award by his former Real Madrid teammate Luka Modric, and the Portuguese received a lot of criticism for not showing up to the prize-giving.
Dalic then took aim at Ronaldo for not attending, saying: "Ronaldo is an egoist and I'd never want him in my team."
However, the Croatia coach has now apologised for his remarks towards the five-time Ballon d'Or winner.
"I regret that," Dalic told reporters, according to FourFourTwo.
"It was part of my answer to the question why Ronaldo did not attend the UEFA ceremony and about negative comments on Luka getting the award, so I said it was selfish of Cristiano and I don't like such players.
"[It was] nothing personal or negative, maybe just presented wrong and I am sorry.
"For FIFA's The Best award, I voted for Modric and put Cristiano as number two.
"Luka deserves it because he was voted the best player at the Club World Cup, was world and European champion with Real, won a silver medal at the World Cup and the World Cup Golden Ball on top of that.
"No other player won so much this year. Cristiano is one of the best players of all time, but this year Luka was better."