Sir Alex Ferguson is in no doubt who should win footballs top individual prize. The legendary Premier League manager unsurprisingly believes his former star man Cristiano Ronaldo should be a shoo-in for his sixth golden ball award, following a record-breaking 2021.
The formar Juvebtus star returned to Old Trafford after 12 years during the summer.
And, he has hit the ground running with five goals in the first seven games of his second spell.
And as well as lifting two piece of silverware in this final season for Juventus.
The Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana – his form for club and country throughout 2021 has also seen him break numerous records, particularly on the international stage.
Ronaldo smashed the men’s international goalscoring record.
Breaking Iranian legend Ali Daei’s record of 109 that stood for 15 years – and extended it earlier this month as he has took his tally to 115 goals in 130 games.
In his last outing for Portugal, he scored three against Luxembourg to become the leading scorer of hat-tricks that international football has ever seen.
Prior to his move to United, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner netted 36 times in 44 matches for Juventus during his final season with the Serie A side.
And Sir Alex, who developed Ronaldo into the world’s best player.
After signing him at Old Trafford from Sporting Lisbon in 2003, is in no doubt as to who should scoop the coveted prize.
Speaking to Marca, Ferguson said:
“Cristiano Ronaldo deserves the Ballon d’Or.
“This year he’s broken record after record.”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been criticised recently due to United’s slump in form.
And questions have begun to be asked of Ronaldo, who hasn’t scored in his last three Premier League outings.
But Dwight Yorke, who won a trio of titles under Sir Alex in four years at Old Trafford,
has rubbished accusations that he’s holding the Red Devils back.
“I think it’s a load of nonsense,”
“You have a world-class player, and you play your best players, it’s as simple as that.
“The players know exactly what those players bring to the table and the others in the team have to do their specific roles to compliment the attacking players.
“For people to start saying he’s making the team unbalanced.
Yes, he’s probably not as dynamic as he used to be, but Cristiano Ronaldo in any team in the world makes you a better team.”