Madrid: Barcelona’s Sandro Rosell scoffed at Cristiano Ronaldo’s claim to be crowned World Player of the Year by claiming the he is not even in the world`s top 10 players.
Ronaldo claimed a fortnight ago that he deserved the award after guiding Real Madrid past Barca to the Spanish title this season and his case was further strengthen by a match-winnning performance as Portugal qualified for the quarter-finals of the European Championship with a 2-1 win over Holland.
However, speaking at a round table evening in honour of the Quimica de Sarria institute in the Catalan capital, Rosell insisted that there should be no doubt over whether Lionel Messi will pick up his fourth consecutive Balon d`Or at the end of the year.
Rossell said: ‘Cristiano Ronaldo isn`t the second best player in the world, he is the 12th. The first 11 are Barca players.
‘Outside of Spain everyone is clear that Messi ought to win the Balon d`Or but not here.’
The former Nike executive also had a dig at Ronaldo`s club coach Jose Mourinho. The Portuguese manager and Barca`s Tito Vilanova will both now be able to take charge of their respective sides for the Spanish Super Cup clash between the two at the start of the season after touchline bans resulting from an altercation between the two, in which Mourinho poked Vilanova in the eye, were waived by Spanish FA President Jose Maria Villar.
‘I would not accept a manager who wants to win at any cost,’ said Rosell.
‘I would ask for forgiveness if the manager of this club put their finger in anyone`s eye.’
Meanwhile, Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta has extended his contract with the Catalan club till 2014.
The former Spain international`s contract was due to expire in 2013 with the new deal also including an option to extend it a further two years until 2016.
Zubizarreta, who played over 300 times for the club between 1986-94, joined Barca in his current role in 2010 and played a vital role in the appointment of Vilanova as Pep Guardiola`s successor as manager last month.
BDST: 1716 HRS, June 20, 2012
Edited by: Manoz Halder, Newsroom Editor
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