- Cristiano Ronaldo's decision to leave Real Madrid for Juventus "should be appreciated" according to Marseille manager Andre Villas-Boas
- AVB is tipping his fellow countryman to win Ballon d’Or ahead of rival Messi
- However, the former Tottenham and Chelsea manager has described both Ronaldo and Messi as extraterrestrials
Marseille manager Andre Villas-Boas has described his fellow countryman Cristiano Ronaldo and rival Lionel Messi as extraterrestrials.
According to Villas-Boas, having these two players in the same generation is absolutely incredible, Goal.com reports.
Speaking ahead of Ballon d’Or award set to hold on Monday, December 2, Villas-Boas believes Ronaldo "should be appreciated", having left ‘the best team in the world’ for a move to Juventus last year.
Ronaldo, Messi and Liverpool rock-solid defender Virgil van Dijk are in the running for the Ballon D’Or but some have tipped Barcelona star Messi to win the award for a record sixth time ahead of Ronaldo.
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However, Villas-Boas has backed his fellow Portuguese to win the award.
He said: "It's difficult... I am Portuguese so of course I support Ronaldo more.
"Cristiano took a risk by leaving the best team in the world, with more titles in the world. That kind of risk should be appreciated. Playing in Italy and scoring goals is difficult.
"Messi is still in his club, Barcelona, which is a big club. He is able to make the difference.
"But I am more for Cristiano because I'm Portuguese. Both of them are exceptional, it's difficult to choose. It [Ballon d'Or] will become a competition between them.
"Having these two players in the same generation and watching them is absolutely incredible. They are extraterrestrials."
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Alex Ferguson, former Manchester United manager, has named the difference between Cristiano Ronaldo and his long rival Lionel Messi.
The legendary coach was asked what makes the Portuguese superstar a delightful to watch more than his Barcelona rival.
And unsurprisingly Fergie, who is considered Ronaldo's football father, quickly named the Juve star's unique qualities that rank him above the Argentine.
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