Zidane admits Ronaldo deserved Ballon d’Or more than Ribery
Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane believes Cristiano Ronaldo has rightfully earned the Ballon d’Or award. The former France international admits his compatriot Franck Ribery had an “exceptional” season with Bayern Munich, but Ronaldo was the more deserving candidate from the whole lot.
Ronaldo won the coveted football award after tight competition between the three finalists, which included Ribery and Barcelona’s Lionel Messi. The Argentinean hit-man came second while Ribery came third.
The 30-year-old France international, Ribery was expected to take over Ronaldo’s goalscoring fame from last season with his important contributions towards Bayern Munich, who won a treble last season. Ribery is at the heart of Bayern Munich’s success once again; having taken them to a flying start this season.
Zidane, who is as much of a legend for France as much he is Real Madrid, is working as an assistant coach at Bernabeu. In an interview to RTL the former Ballon d’Or winner said that Ronaldo had silenced his critics by picking up his second Ballon d’Or award. Zidane also suggested that it wasn’t right to claim that Ribery alone was the deserving candidate for the award.
“We're not going to cry out that it was a scandal, even if Franck undoubtedly deserved something given the season he had,” Zidane said. “The difference is certainly the 69 goals Cristiano scored. There are three criteria: what has been done with your club, what you do individually, and the player's image.
“For the next time, all of that needs to be clarified, because I think it's an individual award and it's above all what the player does on the pitch. Even if Franck has been exceptional, the other scored 69 goals.”
After hanging up his boots following the infamous headbutt at the 2006 World Cup, Zidane has taken up an ambassador and more recently a coaching role at Real Madrid. The French midfielder is also a special adviser to Real Madrid president Florentino Perez.
Zidane also confirmed that he had passed his course in sports management. Therefore, the Zidane can opt to follow a career in a tracksuit on the sidelines after spending a glorious career on the field. Zidane is expected to get the basic managerial experience at Real Madrid before acquiring more of a free role at another club. The Frenchman has announced multiple times that he would like see himself in the shoes of a manager. Therefore, Zidane could opt to leave Real Madrid for a while this year.