Giving his first press conference of the pre-season for new side Real Betis, Gus Poyet took the time to speak of his joy that Cristiano Ronaldo has managed to win an international trophy, also stating that he thinks the silverware will silence critics.
Poyet admitted that he felt the win was merited, Ronaldo’s talent and dedication having finally paid off on the international stage.
“I’m very happy for Cristiano Ronaldo; I was happy for all my Portuguese friends, but especially for Ronaldo, I think he deserves it,” the 47-year-old told reporters.
The former Tottenham Hotspur player also spoke of his disdain for those who look to criticize Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, and his hope that this criticism will be lessened by the victory.
“In the world we live in, Ronaldo is the best alongside Messi, and the fact that people are always looking to criticize them bothers me as a sportsman,” Poyet remarked.
“The criticism that people had that Ronaldo had won with Real Madrid but not Portugal is over, I’d imagine, I don’t know what they’ll look for now.”
Ronaldo’s glory in both Euro 2016 and this season’s Champions League has led many to speculate that this year’s Ballon d’Or winner is already a foregone conclusion, but Poyet says there’s a long way to go should Ronaldo add that honour to a near-perfect year.
“Who wins it will depend on what happens in the next six months because there’s always something,” he concluded.
“[Ronaldo] is going to have time to rest, and then we’ll see what happens in the next six months and how Ronaldo and Messi are.”
Original Post on Marca
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