After winning the Uefa Best Player of the Year award, Cristiano Ronaldo believes the gong should have gone to Antoine Griezmann.
Ronaldo came our ahead of Bale and the Atleti man after leading Portugal to its first European championship title and won the UCL with Real Madrid.
Griezmann was on the losing side in both finals. And Ronaldo believes the 25-year-old is more deserving of the award he pipped him to at Monaco.
“As I said on the stage, he [Griezmann] deserved to win this trophy,” Ronaldo told the media after collecting his prize. “He lost two finals so it was unlucky for him but I think he’s a fantastic player, he’s a good boy, he’s my neighbour – he lives next to me – and he deserved it.
“But he will win for sure one day – I hope so.”
Ronaldo, who has scored 32 goals for Madrid in 2016, is also hoping to collect his fourth Ballon d’Or but refused to take all the credit without thanking his team-mates.
“I hope to win the Ballon d’Or but let me enjoy first this trophy. It’s amazing. I wish to win tonight and I’m so proud. I have to thank you to my team mates – Real Madrid and national – because they helped me a lot to win these trophies.
Asked if last season was his most successful, Ronaldo said: “In terms of collective, probably yes. We won two amazing trophies. I can say yes. In terms of the collective, yes.”