Cristiano Ronaldo Dwarfs Lionel Messi in Ballon D’Or Race, Says Carlo Ancelotti
Nick Akerman of bleacher report writes:
Speaking after Ronaldo scored an incredible third hat-trick in four games, Ancelotti appeared doubtless when determining whether Lionel Messi could push his player for the prize, per Eurosport: “This year, I don’t think there is much doubt. I don’t think there’s any point in even talking about it.”
Ancelotti was never going to put Messi up for the award over his own forward, but Ronaldo’s stunning start to the season is exceptional even by his standards. He has scored 13 goals in six La Liga appearances and two in a duo of Champions League displays.
Of course, Messi has also been firing for Barcelona and is currently second favourite to win the individual prize behind Ronaldo, per Oddschecker. The Argentinian has six goals in seven domestic appearances and also netted against Paris Saint-Germain in Europe. Messi already has seven assists to his name across both competitions, while Ronaldo has created just two goals for his colleagues.
Ronaldo poses great threat to Messi’s 2011-12 record of 50 La Liga goals in a single season. It’s ridiculous that, just two years after this was set, the number could extend itself once more. Madrid’s star currently averages 2.167 goals per game and would reach the 80-goal mark if he maintained this form throughout the entire campaign, per Eurosport.
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