Iconic French midfielder Zinedine Zidane believes that Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo will finish his career with more Ballon d’Or titles than his Barcelona rival, Lionel Messi.
The Real Madrid star was crowned the world’s best player of 2014 in January for the third time overall, leaving him one behind his Barcelona counterpart.
However, Zidane insists there is more to come from the 29-year-old and feels he can overtake the Argentine when it comes to winning the accolade.
“ Ronaldo will win more Ballons d’Or. ” he told reporters.
“ What he is doing is from another planet. If this continues, he will improve even further and may end up winning more than Messi. ”
The former Madrid star and France international had a lot to say about compatriot Karim Benzema, who he feels is a pivotal player for Los Blancos.
Zidane said: “ He is another very important player. Sometimes it is discussed whether to change to him to a No.9 for Madrid and it’s wrong. All wrong. ”
“ He is not a player who will score 60 goals a year like Cristiano, but thanks to his quality, he links up with everyone and always makes the moves that the team needs.”
“ Very few in the world can do that. ”
Ronaldo has edged ahead of Messi in recent years, as the pair continue to battle for the title of the best player on the planet. In the last season and a half, the Portuguese star has won four major honours, including the Champions League, and scored 87 goals in 77 games.
In contrast, Messi has won nothing, and managed 69 goals in 72 games. Of course, his goal tally his still beyond outstanding, but their differing fortunes emphasises how the momentum has swung between the two over the last 18 months.
A whole series of records have been smashed by Ronaldo since his arrival at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, including the most goals scored in a single season (60), most hat-tricks in a season (7), fastest player to 250 official goals, and the first player to score in eight consecutive games.
“ Me as the future first-team coach? We will see. ” said Zidane. ” For now, I’m with the Castilla and I’m fine. we will see what happens in the future. ”