Spain PM backs Cristiano Ronaldo for Ballon d'Or

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is an avid supporter of Real Madrid and has said that if he could vote, he would support Cristiano Ronaldo for the award.

updated: November 21, 2013 18:44 IST
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Madrid: Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Thursday backed Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo for this year's hotly contested Ballon d'Or award for the world's best footballer.

The prime minister, a Real Madrid supporter, said the 28-year-old Portuguese international deserved the prize although he saved words of praise for Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and for Bayern Munich's French international Franck Ribery.

"I am a Real Madrid fan, I have always been a Madrid fan. If I had to vote I would vote for Ronaldo," the Spanish leader said in an interview with public radio.

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