Zidane ends discussion on who deserves this year’s Ballon d’Or

Zinedine Zidane has brought an end to the long-lasting debate on who deserves to win this year’s Ballon d’Or. He passed the judgement after Real Madrid thrashed their city rivals 3-0 in Sunday night’s La Liga game.

Cristiano Ronaldo got a hat-trick in the match against Atletico Madrid, a result and performance which Zizzou says is convincing enough to seal his star player’s place as the 2016 World Best Player.

“To score three goals in a game like this is something that only the great players can do,” said former Real Madrid forward Emilio Butragueno, according to a report from WD Times.

Image: Cristiano Ronaldo

“The great players show what they can do in games of this magnitude. It’s a privilege to have a player like Ronaldo playing for this club,” Emilio, who is currently a club director, added in his statement.

Zidane says there won’t be any more debates between Ronaldo and Messi on who deserves to be crowned winner of the enviable individual trophy.

The Frenchman says his Portuguese star will be picking up the Ballon d’Or in January.

Image: Cristiano Ronaldo

According to a report from Sport, the former France international footballer said: “I’ve never had any doubts that Cristiano is the best.

“Tonight ends that debate, the Ballon d’Or will be for him.

“I had no doubt, and it is not the three goals he scored that will make me change my mind. He demonstrated it all last season, he demonstrates it every time. We expect a lot from him, but he is above everyone else.”

Having won the 2016 European Championships with Portugal among other trophies with Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo says he has done everything possible to secure this year’s Ballon d’Or.

In his recent interview with Telefoot, the 31-year-old said: “I’ve done everything for this season.

“We won the Champions League, I won the Euros with Portugal. The vote doesn’t depend on me and I don’t want to be obsessed with it.

“But if you ask me if I want to win the Ballon d’Or, I’d say yes. This year has been amazing for me, with all the trophies. It’s my best season, no doubt about that.”

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