Portuguese football icon Cristiano Ronaldo made an oblique swipe at Argentine international Lionel Messi. Ronaldo was been named the 2023 Best Middle East Player by the Globe Soccer Awards.
During the ceremony, he launched a subtle attack on Messi and said that awards like the Ballon d’Or and Best Award are losing their credibility.
The 2022 FIFA World Cup-winning captain recently won the FIFA Best Men’s Player Award, after he claimed his record eighth Ballon d’Or Award in October 2023.
Messi’s victory drew much criticism and sparked controversy. During the Globe Soccer Award ceremony in Dubai, Ronaldo opened up about it and launched an oblique assault against his Argentine adversary.
Does it bother you that Saudi Arabia is referred to as the league with less visibility? for example, Lionel Messi recently won the Best award and played practically all year in the MLS, which also doesn’t have the visibility of European football?
— The CR7 Timeline. (@TimelineCR7) January 21, 2024
Speaking on his retirement plans, Ronaldo said, “As I often tell my friends, life is dynamic. Tomorrow is uncertain. I could end my career at the end of this season, or I could play for another two or three years… I don’t know, to be honest. As long as my mind and body are in good condition, and I enjoy playing football, I will continue. When I feel that I am no longer useful, I will be the first to take that step. Right now, I feel in a good state, and I experience satisfaction and happiness on the field, whether in the national team or at the club. I continue and enjoy.”