30 Nov 2019, 06:08 IST
Cristiano Ronaldo’s decision to leave Real Madrid for Juventus “should be appreciated”, Andre Villas-Boas said as the Marseille coach backed the star to win the Ballon d’Or.
Barcelona star Lionel Messi is tipped to win the award for a record sixth time in Paris on Monday.
Ronaldo is also a five-time winner of the prize, but has not been as prolific since joining Juve from Madrid in 2018.
However, Villas-Boas backed his fellow Portuguese, although he labelled both Ronaldo and Messi as extraterrestrials.
“It’s difficult… I am Portuguese so of course I support Ronaldo more,” he said.
“Cristiano took a risk by leaving the best team in the world, with more titles in the world. That kind of risk should be appreciated. Playing in Italy and scoring goals is difficult.
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) November 25, 2019
“Messi is still in his club, Barcelona, which is a big club. He is able to make the difference.
“But I am more for Cristiano because I’m Portuguese. Both of them are exceptional, it’s difficult to choose. It [Ballon d’Or] will become a competition between them.
“Having these two players in the same generation and watching them is absolutely incredible. They are extraterrestrials.”
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