Ronaldo deserve UEFA award of Modrid: Santos

Football News: The Portuguese manager believes it should be the Portuguese icon ahead of Modric to win the prestigious award.

Ronaldo lost out to his former teammate.

The Portuguese head honcho believes that the 33-year-old attacker should have been crowned the 2017-18 UEFA player of the year ahead of the Croatian star.

Last season the Prolific striker has scored 15 goals in the Champions League campaign for the Los Blancos side and helped them to claim their third successive Champions league trophy but he lost out to his team mate Modric, the Croatian won most No. of votes from the coaches and journalists.

Question asked the Portuguese manager to overlook Ronaldo, he stated: "The vote for the best of FIFA is not mine. If it was mine, Ronaldo was the champion.

"Ronaldo is the champion for me. And in second place, I'd put Modric. But the rest of the votes come from the public, journalists, other coaches, there are many people, so the decision will be announced on the right date.

"There's a previous list, as I've already said, Modric is a fantastic player, that's why I've put him in second. But in this previous election, I think Cristiano should've been the winner for all he did at that period of time and especially at the Champions League."

Santos will not get the service of Ronaldo in their upcoming fixtures against Italy on September 10th, Portugal will make their first appearance since world cup, where they lost out to Uruguay in the round of 16.

The coach voiced: "Portugal is a national squad with Cristiano Ronaldo. He's European champion, the best player in the world. So, Cristiano Ronaldo, such as Joao Moutinho and all the others, Andre Gomes etc, I won't name them all, they are all very important in this team,"

"They achieved an extraordinary triumph for Portugal, they made history. A group of players that have played here and only lost twice, so there's no with or without Ronaldo. And Ronaldo will be in conditions to play with us for a long time."