Mateo Kovacic backs Cristiano Ronaldo for Ballon d'Or award

Kovacic backs Ronaldo for Ballon d'Or award
© Offside
Mateo Kovacic claims that Cristiano Ronaldo is deserving of a record-equalling fifth Ballon d'Or at this week's ceremony, as he remains "the best player in the world".

Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic has insisted that it is just a matter of time before Cristiano Ronaldo returns to his goalscoring best in La Liga, as he backs his teammate to win the Ballon d'Or award.

Ronaldo, who has scored just twice in 10 league games this term for Los Blancos, will be up against Barcelona star Lionel Messi at Thursday's ceremony.

The Portugal international is favourite to win the accolade for a record-equalling fifth time, which Kovacic believes is just rewards for a player who played a pivotal part in last term's double-winning campaign.

"Me and the rest of my teammates, we see Cristiano as always in good shape," he told reporters. "He's the best player in the world and he has already scored many goals this season and he will score way more goals for sure.

"At the moment the ball is not willing to go in, but as I said before, this is football and sometimes the ball doesn't want to get in the goal, but there's still time left until the end and he will score way more as usual.

"I think he should win the Ballon d'Or because his year was amazing. He scored many goals, won everything with the team and he was a key piece of that. I'm really happy for him. We all are. But the most important thing for us is to win as a team.

"The Ballon d'Or is important for us and for Cristiano because it's amazing to be able to win a fifth Ballon d'Or but as I said, for us the most important thing is to be a team and win for the team."

Ronaldo has had better luck in the Champions League in 2017-18, scoring eight goals in five group-stage matches.

Mauro Icardi in action for Inter Milan in September 2017
Read Next:
Icardi to undergo Madrid medical on Dec 26?
>
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole



Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Barcelona1512303873139
2Valencia15104135142134
3Atletico MadridAtletico159602471733
4Real Madrid1594230111931
5Sevilla159151919028
6Villarreal156362220221
7Getafe155552015520
8Leganes156271214-220
9GironaGirona155551922-320
10Real Sociedad155462828019
11Celta Vigo155372723418
12EibarEibar155371627-1118
13Real Betis155372329-618
14Athletic Bilbao154561619-317
15Levante153751522-716
16Espanyol154471119-816
17Deportivo La CorunaDeportivo154381827-915
18AlavesAlaves1540111224-1212
19Malaga1532101328-1511
20Las PalmasLas Palmas1531111134-2310
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in with Facebook to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account