Amid rumors linking superstar Cristiano Ronaldo with a move away from Real Madrid, teammate Sergio Ramos has publicly declared Ronaldo as the best player in the world last season. The Spanish international is currently on international duty at the Confederations Cup ahead of Spain’s crunch final against Brazil, but made it clear that he hopes his club keeps the Portuguese star at the Bernabeu.
“He is a player that you can not blame anything on – he is an example of professionalism,” the defender told El Mundo, as translated by Goal.com.
“Last season, for me, he was the best in the world. He deserves to win whatever he wants to win, really. I hope the club director is trying to renew his deal to keep him in Madrid.”
Despite Ramos’s claim, Barcelona star Lionel Messi remains widely regarded as the best player in the world, having picked up four consecutive Player of the Year awards from FIFA. Messi’s Barcelona won the La Liga title over Ronaldo’s Madrid yet again, giving the Argentine a strong case to pick up individual silverware over Ronaldo for another year.
Real’s stars will combine with Barcelona’s stars for the final time this summer later today as they take on Brazil in the Confederations Cup final. Spain has once again been at their very best in this summer’s tournament, knocking out a hardworking Italian side in the semifinals, albeit via penalty kicks.
Spain could be facing their toughest competition yet, as Brazil are not only tournament hosts but have been fueled by the tournament’s standout player, Neymar. The young striker signed for Barcelona just before the Confederations Cup started, so he’ll be hoping to start his Camp Nou career having beaten his new club teammates in the final.
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