Diego Maradona: “Giving Fifa Award to Ronaldo and not Messi, hurts my soul”
Argentina Football legend, Diego Maradona described how he felt has Cristiano Ronaldo won the Best FIFA Men’s Player award for the second year running on Monday, beating off competition from Barcelona’s Messi and Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar.
According to Maradona, who presented the accolade alongside Brazil international Ronaldo together with FIFA president Gianni Infantino to the Real Madrid striker, he admitted that it “hurt his soul” to hand the Best FIFA Men’s Player award to Cristiano Ronaldo and not to compatriot Lionel Messi.
“To give the Best [award] to Ronaldo and not be able to give it to Messi hurt my soul,” Maradona told TyC Sports.
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Speaking about the brief meeting, he said: “The meeting with Messi was fantastic,” Maradona said. “I spoke to him, and the same love and affection was there as always.”