Thursday, 16 January 2014

Messi Hails Ronaldo, Says He Deserved Top Award

     
Former Ballon d’Or champion Lionel Messi says Cristiano Ronaldo deserved to win the 2013 prize in Zurich on Monday.

Messi had won FIFA’s player of the year award for the past four years but the 26-year-old Argentine forward conceded injuries meant he was not up to his usual standards in 2013.
The Barcelona striker missed a chunk of games towards the end of the 2012-13 La Liga season with a hamstring injury, with a similar problem leaving him on the sidelines through November and December.

“It (2013) was not a really good year for me,” Messi was quoted as saying on soccerway.com.
“It was very complicated not just for the injuries but also for many other things surrounding my family and what people said about me.
“But, hopefully, 2014 could be a good year without any injuries and then we can forget about everything.”
Messi hailed Real Madrid’s Ronaldo after finishing second behind the Portuguese forward in the Ballon d’Or voting, while Bayern Munich’s French winger Franck Ribery claimed third.
“It (the Ballon d’Or) is a very important prize, and like I said in the press conference before I am very happy to be amongst the three best players and for me it is a prize,” Messi said.
“Like I said, Cristiano won it and he deserved to win

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