Cristiano Ronaldo’s assurance that he is currently the best player in the world was cemented by what happened on Monday, as he secured FIFA’s prestigious ‘The Best’ award. Both Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr were trumped by the Portuguese forward.
However, this victory still hasn’t earned him the right to call himself the best player of his own team, at least according to Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane thinks.
In an interview with Radio Marca, the Frenchman claimed: “Ramos knows that he is our captain. And in the end, he is the most important player on the team.”
The Spanish defender was also alongside Ronaldo in the FIFPro World XI, and they were joined by fellow Real Madrid teammates Marcelo, Kroos, and Modric as well. Los Blancos dominated the lineup, with rivals Barcelona coming second with Messi, Iniesta, and former forward Neymar being included.
However, Zidane’s comment will definitely raise some eyebrows amongst Ronaldo’s fan following. The 32-year-old has been brilliant for his side, and has consistently played an instrumental role in their outstanding success in Spain and Europe over the years.
Despite that, Ramos is undoubtedly important too. The side’s captain has a presence on the pitch that few defenders can match.
Apart from being good in his position, he constantly motivates his teammates too – a role that is more vital as a leader, which might be what sets the 31-year-old apart from Ronaldo, who falls more on the self-centered style. During the highly anticipated El Clásico encounters against Barcelona, this difference is highly visible.
However, it will now be vital to see whether or not Ronaldo decides to act upon this and change the mind of his boss. Ramos, on the other hand, will be very pleased with the remarks, and look to make a mark, perhaps even as the best defender in the world.
Written by Naveen Kelvin
A writer trying to craft the poetry within football. Purpose in life is to Make Good Art.