Massimiliano Allegri says Cristiano Ronaldo deserves to win the Ballon d’Or, despite talk the Juventus star has not made the three-man shortlist. The five-time winner has claimed the award in each of the past two years, with Ronaldo boosting his 2018 bid by firing Real Madrid to Champions League glory before making a strong start to life at Juve. He also scored a hat-trick for Portugal at the World Cup. But a report by Tuttosport suggests Ronaldo is not in the running for a third straight Ballon d’Or, with Raphael Varane, Luka Modric and Kylian Mbappe rumoured to be the three contenders.

Bianconeri coach Allegri would not agree with that selection, however, as he believes his star forward has earned the honour once agian.”I don’t know anything about the Ballon d’Or nominations but, for all Cristiano has done, he would deserve it,” Allegri told a news conference.

By Ben Spratt FromĀ