Zlatan Ibrahimovic declares that Ronaldo is just a privileged spectator and Messi is “short”.
“Messi may have four Golden Balls, but I don’t have to get on a box to buy a chocolate bar in a vending machine,” Ibrahimovic is cited as saying by Argentinean Canchallena website. “As for Cristiano Ronaldo, he’s a privileged spectator, who only watches how Messi receives all his awards. He doesn’t deserve to be in the top three, there are at least ten people better than him.”
1.69-meter tall Messi won his fourth straight Golden Ball award (Ballon d’Or) on January 7.
The Argentinean’s Barcelona teammate, Andres Iniesta, and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo finished as the runners up for the prestigious prize.
Ibrahimovic, who didn’t make it into the top three this year, is well known for his temper and controversial statements.