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03 Dec 2019, 06:08 IST

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Cristiano Ronaldo in motion for Juventus

Giorgio Chiellini was glad for Lionel Messi to win this yr’s Ballon d’Or, however the Juventus defender blasted the “theft” that meant Cristiano Ronaldo missed out in 2018.

Barcelona star Messi claimed the prize for a document sixth time on Monday, beating Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk and Ronaldo.

It got here a yr after Actual Madrid midfielder Luka Modric ended the 10-year dominance of Messi and Ronaldo, but it surely was that call that upset Chiellini.

“It is OK the Ballon d’Or for Messi this yr,” the Juve captain informed Sky Sport Italia on the Gran Gala del Calcio awards in Milan on Monday.

“The true theft was final yr. Actual Madrid determined that Cristiano mustn’t win the Ballon d’Or. It was actually unusual.”

Chiellini added: “Actual did not need him to win as a result of he was not one in every of their gamers.”

Ronaldo joined Juventus from Madrid in July final yr, and was on Monday named the Serie A participant of the yr for 2018-19.

Juve and Ronaldo are but to get to their greatest this season, now sitting a degree adrift of leaders Inter via 14 Serie A video games.

“I mentioned that the actual Juve will probably be seen a minimum of from January. We’d like time,” Chiellini mentioned.

“We began very nicely with a fantastic month and a half, then we suffered a little bit of physiological decline, however the outcomes weren’t missed.

“With out the draw in opposition to Sassuolo [on Sunday], we’d discuss tremendous Juve.”

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