Real Madrid and Portugal sensation Cristiano Ronaldo bagged the FIFA men’s player of the year award for the second time in a row. He received his award in front of his greatest rival Lionel Messi whose reaction surprised the whole universe.
Ronaldo has been in terrific form this year for both club and country which saw him eclipse Lionel Messi and Neymar. But while receiving the prestigious award Ronaldo did not forget to acknowledge Messi and Neymar as he quoted “Thank you, the guys who voted on me. And a mention to Lionel [Messi] and Neymar.”
“My team-mates, my coach, my president, they support all the year so I say thank you to them. We are in England for the first time and I win consecutive efforts so it is a great moment for me. I appreciate the support, thank you very much. It’s great to be here around these amazing players. I’m so happy, guys. Thank you very much.”
Lionel Messi who single-handedly took a struggling Argentina to the World Cup next year at Russia, had a big smile on his face as he saw Ronaldo receive the award. His reaction proved how humble he is and there was absolutely no hint of jealousy on the 30 year’s old face. Instead the Argentine seemed happy for Ronaldo and appreciated his performances throughout the year.
Lionel’s reaction received a lot of praise online and people even compared the reaction to when Ronaldo saw Messi win one of his 5 Ballon d’ors. When we look at both the pictures we can clearly notice the difference between the two faces. Ronaldo looked dejected and disappointed with Messi’s success whereas the Barcelona star was just the opposite.
Here are few reactions from the fans on seeing Messi’s humble reaction while watching the Portugese receive the award.
Cristiano's reaction when Messi won the Ballon d'or vs Messi's reaction to Ronaldo winning it.
The difference is called class. pic.twitter.com/VxtdUfb5l0
— Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) October 24, 2017
Messi reaction to ronaldo winning. I love you Messi pic.twitter.com/MIdzKuyizH
— Hamzah Bhuta (@Hamzah_Bhuta_18) October 23, 2017
#Messi's reaction to ronaldo winning the award…
I love that it doesn't even phase him. Like he knows he's the best and the show is rigged pic.twitter.com/J53UlYMc5c
— Sarah⚽️💗 (@SarahSalahpour) October 23, 2017