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Cristiano Ronaldo didn't deserve the Ballon d'Or: Johan Cruyff

Former Holland legend has stated that Cristiano Ronaldo winning the Ballon d’Or is ‘absurd’.

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News 19 Jan 2015, 18:14 IST
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Holland legend, Johan Cruyff has stated that Cristiano Ronaldo winning the Ballon d’Or is ‘absurd’, citing his poor performances for Portugal at the World Cup as the reason. Portugal were knocked out of the group stages on goal difference.

 Cruyff won the title three times – 1971, 1973 and 1974 feels that the trophy should have gone to someone, who excelled at the World Cup and not just individually. He added that Toni Kroos should have gotten the award.

The Dutchman told De Telegraaf, “At the highest level, it's all about the combination of individual quality and achievements, it's absurd that for the second year in a row a player has been given the award who did not both play excellent and win the most trophies.”

"Back in 2013, Bayern Munich won every single trophy out there, yet Cristiano Ronaldo still won the award instead of a player like Toni Kroos or someone else from Bayern. 

"In 2014, Kroos was a key player again for the team that won the World Cup, yet he was not even among the final three nominees. Ronaldo was completely anonymous at the World Cup.”

He went onto add that he will not be taking FIFA awards seriously anymore. Cristiano Ronaldo won by the award by a massive margin, ahead of Lionel Messi and Manuel Neuer.

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