A Juventus director has attempted to explain why Cristiano Ronaldo snubbed the UEFA awards gala on Thursday, while his new coach revealed the superstar is “upset”.
The 33-year-old, who lifted the award in the previous two years, opted to not attend the ceremony in Monaco on Thursday evening after reportedly being told in advance that Luka Modric had won the main prize.
Juventus’ general manager Beppe Marotta has now tried to explain their club record signing’s decision, and insisted he deserved the award ahead of Modric.
“It was a personal decision that he took, and we want to respect it,” he said, as quoted by Sky Italia.
“From our side, we are very disappointed about this decision (to award the main prize to Modric).
“I say this as a director since this award is for the Champions League and not the World Cup, and Ronaldo gifted some great emotions in this competition. I don’t take anything away from the decision of the journalists and coaches, but I would have voted Ronaldo.
“The fact he did not come is a decision that has to be respected. It was a personal choice and nothing to do with the decision (to award the main prize to Modric).”
Meanwhile, Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has revealed that Ronaldo was not happy with the outcome at the awards gala, but insisted his player is fully focused on the Bianconeri’s next game.
“He is angry and upset,” Allegri said, as quoted by Calciomercato.
“He didn’t attend the event in Monte Carlo yesterday and that’s his personal decision. Ronaldo is motivated.
“He was the best scorer of the Champions League last season and he thought he deserved the award. It didn’t happen, now he is focused on Juve.”
The Serie A champions have won their first two games of the new season, but Ronaldo is yet to score his first official goal for his new club.