Ronaldo win would be boring – Muller

The Germany star believes it’s time another man was crowned the world’s best player after throwing his support behind team-mates Manuel Neuer and Arjen Robben

Thomas Muller says it will be “boring” if Cristiano Ronaldo wins the Ballon d’Or for a third time.

The Portugal captain is the favourite to add to his 2008 and 2013 wins, with Lionel Messi and Manuel Neuer his two rivals for the trophy this time around.

Neuer in particular has won the backing of several high profile names, including Bayern boss Pep Guardiola and midfielder Xabi Alonso.

Muller, a team-mate of the goalkeeper at both club and international level has now thrown his support behind the former Schalke man in the hope of a fresh face being crowned the world’s best player.

“If Ronaldo wins it again, it would be very boring. Then you’d have to question the choice,” he told Sky.

“Neuer is there because he became a world champions and has shown his brilliant otherwise.

“Robben, for example, was outstanding. There are even some Germany players who deserve it. I’ve already given my opinion. These elections aren’t so important to me. I see myself as a team player.”

The plight of Borussia Dortmund has been the major talking point in the Bundesliga, with last season’s runners-up in Germany’s top flight bottom of the table after 12 games.

Their terrible start is even more surprising given their form in the Champions League, where BVB have sailed through to the knockout stages of the competition.

Muller admits he has been left stunned by their recent struggles and even claimed he hopes they recover and add an additional element of competition to the Bundesliga.

“I’m rather shocked,” he continued. “If you look at the situation as an outside observer, I’m stunned. In the mean time I want Dortmund to get every point beause it’s important for German football.

“You can see what is possible in football. Dortmund are great in the Champions League but bottom of the league. It’s crazy, but it’s not our issue.”

Despite his slight display of empathy towards Bayern’s rivals, the 25-year-old added his delight at their seemingly unstoppable march towards another league title.

“The fans might like to have a closer battle for the championship but our job isn’t keeping the league exciting. The chance that we become champions is already high.”