Did Sergio Ramos Take a Dig at Cristiano Ronaldo?
Real Madrid captain, Sergio Ramos believes his team-mate, Luka Modric deserves to win the FIFA ‘The Best Men’s Player of the Year’ award beating his former mate, Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah.
Sergio Ramos believes Luka Modric deserves to win FIFA ‘The Best Men’s Player of the Year’ award.
Despite competing against “players with more marketing”, Ramos feels the midfielder should win it this time. Ronaldo, who won both the UEFA and FIFA awards last year is likely to see his streak getting finished. After winning the UEFA Player of the Year award, Modric looks favourite to win the FIFA award. When asked who should win the award, Ramos said,
“We will see [who wins The Best]. There are few players that I am as proud of having in my team as him. He is a great friend and a great player. He is one of the few players who [if he wins] would make me as happy as if they had given it to me. Maybe there are players with more marketing, with a bigger name but Modric deserves that award.”
When Ramos talked about marketing, he was asked if it was directed to Ronaldo. However, Ramos denied and feels Modric did everything right this year.
“No. But since there is nothing that defines the prize, everything adds up [to Modric winning the award].”
The Spanish captain spoke on Jorge Mende’s criticism after Modric was named the winner,
“I will not answer Mendes. Everyone has his opinion. It is respectable. Flattery and criticism are always in our profession. Everyone can say what they want but in my opinion, the prize to Modric is very well deserved.”
Keeping aside the club level for a while, Ramos also talked about Spain. Speaking about Pique, he said despite having differences at club level, he and Pique had nothing but respect for each other at Spain.
“Pique has been a great centre-back. He has given a lot to his club and the national team and he is a player who makes the difference. But we have to look to the future and not the past. We are grateful to what he did but there are people who can replace him.”
After the retirement of Gerard Pique, Andres Iniesta and David Silva, he is all set to lead a new generation of Spain.
Saif Ahmed Chowdhury
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