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Cristiano Ronaldo’s telling reaction to Lionel Messi winning sixth Ballon d’Or award

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Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo?

It’s one of football’s biggest debates, with fans on both side of the fence putting forward convincing arguments as to why their favourite is the best player on the planet.

The careers of the two footballing Goliaths have begun to wind down in recent years, what with Messi now 32 and Ronaldo 35.

This meant that last year’s Ballon d’Or ceremony held greater importance for the duo than any that had come before it.

The pair were level, having won five Golden Balls apiece.

And it was Messi who would go on to win a sixth, deciding award – one more than Ronaldo.

Lionel Messi wins a sixth Ballon d’Or award

On the night in Paris, Messi took to the stage after his name was called as Liverpool centre-back Virgil van Dijk came second and Ronaldo third.

Many were hoping to see Ronaldo’s reaction to his rival taking home the important sixth award, but the Portuguese wasn’t in attendance.

Instead, Ronaldo picked up two awards on the same night at the Gran Gala del Calcio – an event celebrating Serie A achievements, which was staged in Milan.

But it seems Ronaldo wasn’t best-pleased with the ‘silver medal’.

According to reports, the Portuguese didn’t show up for the dinner to open the night, instead he arrived at 11.30pm purely to collect his trophies.

Cristiano Ronaldo won two awards at the Gran Gala del Calcio ceremony

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French publication L’Equipe, via Oh My Goal, added that Ronaldo looked unhappy at the ceremony and could barely muster a smile.

It is believed that the ultra-competitive Juventus forward was gutted that Messi had won a sixth Ballon d’Or trophy.

The report adds that Ronaldo even feels that he was robbed in 2018, and that he should have won a sixth Ballon d’Or in place of his then Real Madrid team-mate Luka Modric.

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