Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo has been named the 2018/2019 Serie A best player, hours after Lionel Messi defeated him and set a record in the hunt for the Ballon d’Or trophy.
👏 The best player in Serie A! 🥇
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The former Real Madrid player scored 21 goals in Serie A 2018/2019 to help the Bianconeri win their eighth consecutive Scudetto and score six goals in 11 games at the start of the season, despite injury problems which have limited his playing time over the past month.
“This is a proud moment to win this award,” Ronaldo said when receiving the award last won by Mauro Icardi (then Inter Milan), 12 months ago.
“I want to thank my Juventus teammates. This is my first year in Serie A, a difficult league, and I am very happy. Thank you for choosing me.”
“Right now I will try to repeat what I have done over the next year.” Ronaldo has struggled with knee injuries in recent weeks and was angered when he was replaced in Juventus’s victory over Lokomotiv Moscow and AC Milan last month.
The director of Juvetus team Paratici insists the Portugal international – who is third in the 2019 Ballon d’Or behind Messi and Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk – will remain in Turin next season.
“This conversation makes me smile because there are other problems,” Paratici told Sky Sport.
“Ronaldo is ambitious and came to Juventus to prove that he is the best here. We think he should win the Ballon d’Or. The ranking of awards is always questionable.”
“He will be in our team next season, without a doubt. We must thank him for providing himself to (Maurizio) Sarri, even though he has not been in optimal condition. After not being able to train properly for a while, it is normal that he is not in condition at its best. “
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