'It's unfair that Messi won Ballon d'Or'


Cristiano Ronaldo would have won the Ballon d'Or if he was still playing for Real Madrid, according to his agent Jorge Mendes.

After Luka Modric's surprise victory last year, Lionel Messi clinched the award for a record sixth time ahead of Virgil van Dijk and Ronaldo, who finished second and third respectively in the voting.

Juventus captain Giorgio Chiellini felt Ronaldo was robbed of the award last year, a sentiment which was echoed by Mendes.

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"During the last two years, Cristiano deserved to win it at least once," Mendes was quoted as saying by AS.

"If he had been playing for Madrid, he would have won it.

"Next year he'll reach at least 110 goals for Portugal. I think, for that alone, he should win the next Ballon d'Or.

"It was unfair that Messi won it. Cristiano also won the [UEFA] Nations League, but that's life. We'll see what happens in 2020".