Sir Alex Ferguson: Cristiano Ronaldo deserves the Ballon d’Or – MARCA.com

The race for the Ballon d’Or is on – and it could be one of the closest in years.

Karim Benzema, Lionel Messi, Jorginho and Robert Lewandowski are some of the names in the frame.

But Cristiano Ronaldo is making a case of his own.

The Portuguese legend scored a scarcely believable 58th career hat-trick this week, and this year he has broken other records besides as he seeks his sixth crown.

That triple – and its timing – might just swing the vote Ronaldo‘s way, as it did in 2013 when the then-Real Madrid forward got a hat-trick against Sweden to help him narrowly see off Messi and Franck Ribery in the voting.

“I always promised that I would want more and more,” Ronaldo said after his Portugal side’s World Cup qualifier against Luxembourg.

“It’s inside me, in my DNA.

“We must never be satisfied, never slack off, and always try and reach the highest we can.”

His next task is to walk away with the award on November 29, and it’s one that will find a home alongside seven LaLiga Santander titles, five Champions Leagues, one European Championship, one Nations League, five Ballon d’Or awards, four Golden Boots and two FIFA The Best crowns.

“Cristiano deserves it,” said Sir Alex Ferguson recently.

“This year he’s broken record after record.”

Ferguson is not wrong

Ronaldo has become the highest scorer ever in the Champions League, as well as the highest international scorer of all time.

Even those marks were surpassed in 2021 however, with the 36-year-old going past Pele and Josef Bican as the highest overall goalscorer in the history of football.

He’s not only competing with himself, but that doesn’t mean he is slowing down.

And Ronaldo is now only five goals away from passing 800 career goals.

Other records that have tumbled to the Portuguese this year have been the highest scorer at the European Championships – Ronaldo now has 14 – and the highest number of international appearances, with 182.

He is also the only man to ever be top scorer in the Premier League, LaLiga Santander and Serie A.

Now for the next one.

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