Tim Cahill maybe Australia’s most famous football star, but he still doesn’t believe he deserves the Ballon d’Or.
The Australian was nominated in 2006 but Italian defender Fabio Cannavaro won it that year, and now Cahill believes Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo should win the 2019 Ballon d’Or.
Cahill picks the Juventus striker over Barcelona star Lionel Messi because he believes the former makes a lot of impact on the team he joins.
“The reason why I say Ronaldo, I know people won’t agree, is because of what he’s done in Juventus,” Cahill told Alkass Sport.
“He left Real Madrid, went there and had such a massive impact on another league. I’ve never seen another player do it at Man United, Madrid for so many years.”
Messi is the favourite to win the award this year after exceptional performances for Barcelona where he scored 36 goals in La Liga and 12 in the Champions League, while Ronaldo’s numbers at Juventus were pale in comparison as he netted only 21 in the Serie A.
“And I know he didn’t win the Champions League but he has such an impact in any club. If you can take players and put them somewhere at his age… I know people won’t agree, I just appreciate his professionalism,” Cahill concluded.