Cristiano Ronaldo Finished In 20th Place In The 2022 Ballon d’Or Race

October 18, 2022

The Ballon d’Or award ceremony was held last night and for the first time since 2006, Cristiano Ronaldo finished outside of the top 10 in the Ballon d’Or rankings.

The Portuguese striker was still ahead of many notable stars such as Harry Kane, Bernardo Silva and Darwin Nunez. Ronaldo managed to score 31 goals in 48 appearances in all competitions last season. The striker was ahead of Phil Foden, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joshua Kimmich in the standings.

However, Cristiano Ronaldo will not be happy with a 20th place finish after he had a respectable season with Manchester United.

Cristiano Ronaldo finishes with 20th in the Ballon d'Or rankings

In what was a rebuilding team at Old Trafford, Ronaldo was able to score 18 goals in 30 Premier League games last season. Not only that, but he also scored six goals in only seven Champions League appearances for the Red Devils.

These performances were still not enough to get Ronaldo into the top 10 of the Ballon d’Or rankings.

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 There was a mixed reaction to the news from social media.

One fan wrote: “Top 20 on the Ballon D’or list at 37, Cristiano Ronaldo. The Greatest there is. The Greatest there was. The Greatest there ever will be.”

Another said: “For the first time in 16 years neither Ronaldo or Messi make the Ballon d’Or top three. The end of an era,” while a third commented: “The Messi x Ronaldo era has fully ended now.”

L’Equipe journalist Bertrand Latour said he was worried for Cristiano Ronaldo after the result was confirmed.

“I am worried about him in terms of his psychological problems,” he said via Get French Football News. “He is going through a very tough time with his club. Being dropped by Manchester United. And difficult things in life.”

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