Cristiano Ronaldo 'is best player of all time' despite Ballon d'Or snub, insists agent Jorge Mendes
6th December 2018

Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric has won the award breaking a decade long dominance of the Portuguese star and Leo Messi.

The midfielder has notched up the award after firing Croatia up to the World Cup final this year and winning the Champions League with Real, alongside Ronaldo.

But his agent, and countryman, Mendes insisted the Ballon d'Or result does not change the fact his client is football's greatest player.

When asked about the verdict, he told SportItalia: "Enough. Cristiano is the best in history.

"In England, in Spain and in Italy, everywhere, he is the best in history."

The decision seems to have seriously angered Ronaldo's entourage.

Mendes' comments come after his sister, Elma Aveiro, publicly vented anger on social media in the aftermath, blaming "mafia" and calling the world "rotten".

His other sister, Katia, then posted a picture of herself alongside Ronaldo and wrote: “Best player in the world….for those who understand football of course.”

The 33-year-old Portuguese snubbed the ceremony himself amidst speculation he might not win the trophy for the third time in a row.

His Ballon d'Or nemesis Leo Messi finished fifth, for the first time since 2006.

World Cup champions Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe, who also scooped the Kopa Trophy, filled the rest of the Top 5.

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