AC Milan centre-back Leo Bonucci has backed Cristiano Ronaldo to be named ‘Best Men’s Player’ in the annual Best FIFA awards.
The Fifa awards, which will take place this evening at the London Palladium, have shortlisted the trifecta of Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar for the category of best individual men’s player. Football stars will converge in the English capital with a number of other prizes up for grabs, such as the Best Women’s Player, Best Coach and Best Goalkeeper award.
Ronaldo will be looking to retain his crown this evening, having been made the firm favourite, and Bonucci believes that he is the most worthy of the trio to win the award.
“I would have to say that the best player at the moment is Cristiano Ronaldo,” Bonucci said.
“He can make the difference in any game. When we played in Cardiff in the Champions League final, he showed that he is determined to keep getting better and stay at the top.”
Ronaldo is in strong contention to win the award, as well as this year’s Ballon d’Or, after guiding his Real Madrid side to a La Liga and Champions League double this season. The Portuguese forward scored in the final against Juventus, where he faced Bonucci – who has since transferred to rivals AC Milan – netting a brace as they became consecutive European Cup winners.
The 32-year-old striker has scored one goal in La Liga this season, having been hindered by his suspension after pushing the referee during Madrid’s Supercopa win over Barcelona.
Ronaldo opened his La Liga goal tally in fashion, however, scoring a late winner to beat Getafe 2-1 a week ago.
He also rescued his side with a goal scored from the penalty spot during Madrid’s group tie fixture with Spurs to earn his side a crucial draw.