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Cristiano Ronaldo: Juventus forward denied Ballon d’Or success by “football mafia”, says his mother

By Chris Smith

Published: 19:53, 2 November 2019 | Updated: 0:05, 21 September 2022

Cristiano Ronaldo’s mother believes there is a “football mafia” stopping her son winning more Ballon d’Or awards and other individual prizes.

The 34-year-old has won the Ballon d’Or five times already, the joint-highest of any player along with rival Lionel Messi, along with a whole host of other individual honours in a glittering career.

Should Ronaldo win the 2019 Ballon d’Or? Five things to know…

  • Ronaldo has won the Ballon d’Or five times.
  • He has also been nominated for the 2019 award.
  • The 34-year-old has scored 34 goals and won the Serie A title since joining Juve last year.
  • But he faces stiff competition this year from the likes of Messi, Van Dijk and Mane.
  • Ronaldo’s mother believes there is a “football mafia” conspiring against her son.

The Portugal international has once again been nominated for football’s biggest individual prize but his mother, Dolores Aveiro, believes there are those in the game who seek to stop him adding to his collection thanks to his nationality.

“There is a mafia. That’s the right word to define it. Yes, there is a mafia in football,” she told the Portuguese press.

“If there wasn’t a football mafia, my son would have more [individual] international trophies. If you see everything that happened, you will realise that it is the mafia.

“If he was Spanish or English they would not do what they did to him. But since he’s Portuguese and from Madeira… well, this happens.”

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Ronaldo has scored 34 goals in 54 games since joining Juventus last year and helped the Old Lady win the 2018/19 Serie A title. As a result, he is among the favourites to win the 2019 Ballon d’Or, though he faces stiff competition from Messi, as well as the likes of Liverpool duo Virgil van Dijk and Sadio Mane.

Aveiro reckons her son has done enough to deserve a sixth crown, although she’s unsure whether or not he’ll get the distinction.

“I don’t know if he will get it, but I am confident. I think he deserves it if we analyse what he did during the season,” she said.

Aveiro isn’t the only member of Ronaldo’s family to blame the “football mafia” for robbing the former Man Utd and Real Madrid icon of top prizes, with sister Elma making similar claims last year when he was beaten to the Ballon d’Or by Luka Modric.

“Unfortunately this is the world we live in, rotten, with mafia and f******g money,” she wrote on Instagram.

“The power of God is a lot greater than all this rottenness. God takes his time but he doesn’t fail.”