Portuguese star football manager Andre Villas-Boas, working for the French club Marseille, has supported his compatriot, Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo, in the competition for the prestigious Ballon d'Or award. Apart from sharing a homeland with him, he also praised the striker’s bold move from Real Madrid to the Italian club last year.
“I am Portuguese so of course I support Ronaldo more. 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,” he said to the outlet Goal.com.
However, the football specialist noted that the choice between Ronaldo, who has 5 FIFA’s awards, and his rival Lionel Messi, who has been singled out by Ballon d'Or five times, is difficult.
“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," Villas-Boas concluded.