Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has conceded that he fully ‘expects’ Cristiano Ronaldo to claim the Ballon d’Or in January. The Real Madrid forward is one of the favourites for the annual FIFA prize, and the Italian tactician has claimed that the Portugal international is worthy of the award.
'Cristiano is doing extraordinary things,' he 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.'
The coach then commented on Raphael Varane and rumours that Andrea Pirlo could join Los Blancos.
'Varane is a great talent. He may have made a few mistakes against Juventus, but he’s a great player. 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.'
The former Paris Saint-Germain manager went on to reveal how Real Madrid President Florentino Perez persuaded him to sign for Los Blancos
'The President, Florentino Pérez, a very hospitable man, made me feel at home and took me to the trophy room,' he wrote in his new book ‘Il Mio Albero di Natale’ [My Christmas Tree]
'He obviously knew how to win me over: 'there's one missing', but there are nine together, all alongside each other. I had never seen them. He looked at me and repeated: 'beautiful, very beautiful, but there's one missing'.'
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