Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti said he ‘expects’ superstar Cristiano Ronaldo to win the Ballon d’Or.
Ronaldo is again in fine form for Madrid this season, topping the soring charts in both La Liga and the Champions League, and along with Bayern Munich’s Franck Ribery, is seen as a major threat to break Lionel Messi’s run as the world’s best footballer.
Argentina international Messi is chasing his fourth straight FIFA Ballon d’Or award.
“Cristiano is doing extraordinary things,” Ancelotti told Radio Deejay. “Does he does the Ballon d’Or? Absolutely.
“I expect him to win the award. He is a serious professional, who cares about every detail of his game.
“If others want to be great champions, they should look at Cristiano.”
Meanwhile, Ancelotti has shown his support for the under-fire Raphael Varane while quashing speculation Madrid will make a play for Juventus playmaker Andrea Pirlo.
“Varane is a great talent. He may have made a few mistakes against Juventus, but he’s a great player,” Ancelotti continued
“He’s been out for four to five months with a knee injury, but has all the qualities to become a truly great defender.
“Will Pirlo come to Madrid? No. Although he is still one of the best.”