Former Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas has been singing the praises of Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo.
Portugal international Ronaldo is considered by many as the top candidate to win the 2014 FIFA Ballon d’Or award which will be handed out on Monday.
The former Manchester United star has been in truly sensational form throughout the year, scoring goals after goals and breaking records after records.
Ronaldo is perceived by many as ‘arrogant’ and ‘flashy’, but Villa-Boas, now the manager of Zenit Saint Petersburg, is in awe of the 29-year-old.
“I think sometimes drive and ambition of individuals should not be confused as arrogance, and sometimes Cristiano gets that tag on him,” the Portuguese told Laures, according to The Daily Mail.
“He is a bit 'chased' publicly in some way and I do not understand why, but I think this kind of phenomenon happens to him.
“Cristiano does not get that margin of respect that sometimes Messi does, but you know hopefully this determination and passion has shown that for this time round he deserves to win it.”
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer are the other two nominees for the Ballon d’Or, but Ronaldo could win it.
One factor that could go against the former United star is his lack of international success in the past 12 months.
Although Ronaldo was key in Portugal qualifying for the 2014 World Cup finals in the summer, he failed to do much of note in Brazil.
Meanwhile, Messi helped Argentina reach the final and Neuer won the competition with Germany.