Juventus won 2-1 against Parma as Cristiano Ronaldo missed yet another chance to score in their third match of the season and Croatia national team coach, Zlatko Dalic, says the Portuguese star wouldn’t make it on his team list.
Dalic, who led Croatia to their first World Cup finals in Russia 2018, was angered by Ronaldo’s conspicuous absence during Thursday’s UEFA Gala, where Luka Modric grabbed a Player of the Year award.
Ronaldo missed the event, probably because he knew it wouldn’t be his year. Yet, celebrating with his former teammate at Real Madrid who fed him with most passes that earned dozens of goals, would have been a fair and deserved honor.
Dalic labelled Ronaldo a “selfish player” and says he wouldn’t want to build his team around the Juventus ace.
‘Ronaldo has always been selfish and I wouldn’t want his resemblance in my team,’ the Croatian coach said to Sportske Novosti.
‘His mentality is that winning or losing a match won’t matter if he scores a goal.’
Dalic believes Modric deserved a Ballon d’Or, not for his goalscoring abilities, but the selfless way he has dutifully held position as a powerhouse in the midfield, creating chances for others to score goals.
‘Bravo, Modric!’ the coach said, adding that he is proud of how the Croatian midfielder has remained the same even after finding fame and tasting glory.
Juventus have won their first three games since the start of this 2018/19 Serie A season. They won 2-1 against Parma on Saturday evening with goals from Mario Madzukic (2’) and Blaise Matuidi (58’).
Gervinho got an equalizer against their visitors in the 33rd minute while Ronaldo looked on in horror, hoping to—someday—justify the faith placed in him by Massimiliano Allegri and Juventus owners.