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Ballon d’or 2013: Cristiano Ronaldo rewarded for his “sacrifices” according to Ancelotti

Without winning a trophy in the past year, Cristiano Ronaldo still seduced the jury for this 2013 edition of the Golden Ball. His coach, Carlo Ancelotti, ensures that his player makes a lot of sacrifices.


A professional. A virtuoso. A competitor. The qualifiers are followed in the press to best define the personality of the 58th Ballon d’or in the history of football. Cristiano Ronaldo, according to the one who meets him daily in Madrid, is above all someone who knows how to make “sacrifices”. According to Carlo Ancelotti, former PSG tactician, CR7 makes a lot of effort for the collective.


His talent and ability to score goals did not surprise me, but I was rather surprised by his personality and the sacrifices he made both on the ground and outside, confided Carlo Ancelotti, in the face of journalists, in a press conference. The transalpine spoke of what was, for him, the key to the success of his wingman. “There are many examples of players of great talent but without regularity, because they are not professional in depth.” In today’s football, if you don’t work you can’t express your talent, it’s an indispensable combination.

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