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Cristiano Ronaldo has made his true feelings known over the decision to award Lionel Messi a record-extending seventh Ballon d'Or on Monday.
The Portuguese star missed out on adding to his personal tally of five Golden Ball trophies as he finished sixth in this year's standings – behind N'Golo Kante, Karim Benzema, Jorginho, Robert Lewandowski and the victorious Messi.
The Manchester United forward is well known for his desire to claim the game's top individual accolades and receive recognition as the best footballer in the world.
Ronaldo and Messi have dominated the Ballon d'Or awards in recent times, with the pair winning 12 of the last 13 honours between them.
However, as Messi stretched his lead over Ronaldo's trophy haul to two following a record seventh prize, the latter made his stance on the decision known in a reaction to a post on Instagram.
Ronaldo claimed the Coppa Italia with Juventus before his sensational return to United this summer and the 36-year-old also became the all-time leading international goalscorer this year as he continued to break a number of remarkable records.
One fan account, which possesses the handle cr7.0_lendario, posted a list of Ronaldo's achievements this season while hinting at favouritism from France Football – the publication who award the honour – towards PSG superstar Messi.
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The post read: "43 goals in the year, 6 goals in 5 games in this Champions League, all decisive and a guy who, regardless of age, continues to work miracles and is the guy who most impresses the world most often.
"They still put the guy in 6th… Do you really think that 5 guys did more than him in the year? Never."
It then added: "For Cristiano to win this prize he has to be 300% unquestionable. It's no use scoring the most beautiful bike of the year, being champion of everything by club, top scorer of everything and scoring a hat-trick in the World Cup, they still provide a way to take his prize.
"With Messi, it's the other way around. He can do a low-key season, way below, they'll always find a way to favour him and give him the prize."
Ronaldo then responded to the fan post, showing his support for the claims, simply replying with "facts" and a thumbs up emoji.
It isn't the only instance the five-time winner has taken to social media to make his feelings known on this week's Ballon d'Or gala, after publicly slamming France Football's editor Pascal Ferré over his comments on the Ronaldo-Messi rivalry and over the United star's absence from Monday's ceremony.
- Cristiano Ronaldo
- Lionel Messi
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