Sir Alex Ferguson has backed Cristiano Ronaldo to win the 2021 Ballon d'Or ahead of favourites Lionel Messi, Jorginho, and N'Golo Kante.
Ronaldo win the Coppa Italia and the Italian Super Cup with Juventus last season and finished as the top scorer in Serie A, but Messi led Argentina to the Copa America title - his first international trophy - and the diminutive Paris Saint-Germain star has been touted to lift his seventh Ballon d'Or this year.
But Ferguson, who played a major role in bringing the 37-year-old back to Manchester United this summer, has backed the Portugal international to win his sixth Ballon d'Or.
According to Marca, the legendary former United manager said: “Cristiano deserves it. This year he's broken record after record.”
Speaking after Portugal’s 5-0 win over Luxembourg in Portugal’s World Cup qualifier on Tuesday, Ronaldo said: “I always promised that I would want more and more.
“We must never be satisfied, never slack off, and always try and reach the highest we can.”
Ronaldo's agent Jorge Mendes also insisted that Ronaldo has 'never deserved' to win the Ballon d'Or as much as this year. “The Ballon d’Or has only one name, Cristiano Ronaldo,” he said.
“He has never deserved it as much as this year. Top scorer in Serie A and at the Euros. He holds the record for goals in Champions League and is the only one who has won everything in three different countries.
“He is the best scorer in the history of football. It is a decisive thing, it must be so for the trophy, because he continues to prove to be the best player in history.”