Cristiano Ronaldo’s mother insists a ‘football mafia’ has prevented her son from achieving more individual awards
Widely recognized as one of the best football players ever, the Juventus superstar has won five Ballon d’Or prizes so far, which puts him on a pair with his arch-nemesis Lionel Messi.
Without oscillations, the 34-year-old has spent his entire illustrious career performing at the top level, both on a club and international stage.
Ever since making a breakthrough at Manchester United, Cristiano has been one of the central storylines of every European football season, with the records falling around him wherever he goes.
After falling short for the Ballon d’Or last year, finishing third in the race behind Luka Modric and the Barcelona stalwart Leo Messi, Ronaldo has been nominated for the coveted prize for the 16th consecutive time this term.
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A ‘football mafia’ is preventing Cristiano Ronaldo from winning more Ballon d’Or titles, claims the Juventus star’s mother#CR7
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But, his mother, Dolores Aveiro, insists her son has been robbed on multiple occasions in the past, blaming a ‘football mafia’ for denying Ronaldo a recognition he deserves.
“There is a mafia. That’s the right word to define it. Yes, there is a mafia in football,” she told the Portuguese press, as reported by Goal.com.
“If there wasn’t a football mafia, my son would have more [individual] international trophies. If you see everything that happened, you will realize that it is the mafia.
“If he was Spanish or English they would not do what they did to him. But, since he’s Portuguese and from Madeira… well, this happens.”