Cristiano Ronaldo’s absence at the FIFA award night held in London on Monday generated heat in the football media. While many of his fan base viewed the decision as nothing, the other party were of the opinion that it was a total show of disrespect to not just the FIFA but also to the game of football as it is lack of Sportmanship behavior.
Ronaldo lost out both the UEFA and FIFA individual title to former teammate and Croatian international Luka Modric. Ronaldo failed to grace the events on both occasion as he believed he deserve both accolades. However, His recent miss of the FIFA award night in London was explained by Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri. According to the Italian tactician, the Portuguese playmaker and the rest of Juventus crew could not make it as they had to train for their league game against Bologna.
Portuguese coach Fernando Santos suggested that something was strange citing that the Portuguese deserved at least an award following his excellent contribution to the game last season. In an interview with Marca, the tactician said: “Modric is a great footballer and that’s why I voted him as the second-best player [for FIFA The Best]. But Cristiano is undoubtedly the best one. He has scored 50 goals last season and when the best player in the world doesn’t even win one award then there is something strange happening.”
Ronaldo was also denied the Puskas award despite scoring an impressive overhead kick against Juventus in Turin. Reports from Spain has it that Madrid President Fiorentino Perez influenced UEFA’s decision to gift Modric the best champion’s league player of last season.