Agent Mendes says Ronaldo is still the best player despite Ballon d’Or defeat

Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes has insisted that the Juventus forward is still “the best player in history”, despite his Ballon d’Or defeat.

Ronaldo finished third on the podium, behind Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk and Barcelona arch-rival Lionel Messi, who ended up taking home the prize for a record sixth time.

The 34-year-old did not attend the ceremony in Paris to crown Messi, and Mendes made it clear he disagreed with France Football over who won the Ballon d’Or.

“Cristiano is the best player in history, and you know it!” he told reporters at the Gran Gala del Calcio, which is recognising the best players of last season in Italian football.

Instead, the No 7 will receive the award for Serie A MVP of 2018-19 thanks to his 21-goal haul and Scudetto success.