With Cristiano Ronaldo being beaten to the Ballon d'Or by Luka Modric last year, one of his international teammates has now revealed that the 34-year-old was very upset about the snub.
The five-time winner lost out to the Croatian – who received 753 points, while Ronaldo only got 476 points – and ended up in second place.
Ronaldo snubbed the Ballon d'Or gala in Paris as a result, and his Portugal teammate Bruno Alves has now commented on his reaction.
"Obviously he was angry, he deserved it, for all he did last year, which can motivate him even more," Alves told Sky Sports.
"It's important for him and his club that he's motivated like that, he wants to win trophies."
Alves, who joined Serie A side Parma at the beginning of the season, also explained why he thinks Ronaldo opted to leave Real Madrid after nine years to join Juventus.
"He has chosen to sign with Juventus. He wants to prove he's the best regardless of where he plays," the 37-year-old added.
"Cristiano, who wants to win everything, is a special player. He wants to win the Champions (League) again."
Alves has made 96 appearances for Portugal so far, with his last appearance coming in June 2018. He was part of the A Selecao squad that won the 2016 UEFA European Championship, captained by Ronaldo, and was an uncapped member of his country's 2018 FIFA World Cup side too.
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