Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri says Luka Modric winning the Ballon d’Or will have only motivated Cristiano Ronaldo further. The five-time winner finished runner-up this year, losing out to his former Real Madrid team-mate.
Modic’s win brought an end to the 10-year dominance Lionel Messi and Ronaldo had over the competition.
Ronaldo sealed an £88million move to Juventus in the summer, and he has found the back of the net 11 times in his first 18 appearances.
When speaking about Ronaldo missing out on the accolade, Allegri said: “Cristiano Ronaldo would have deserved the Ballon d’Or because of what he did in the Champions League with Real Madrid.
“With Portugal at the World Cup later, he could not really go. But the victory of Luka Modric will be a stimulus for him, to do even better and regain the sixth trophy next year with Juventus.
”He has increased the great level of professionalism that has always been at Juventus.
“He is an extraordinary player, a humble guy who has entered very well in the group and adds great competitiveness in every training.
“He is an example for young people, despite his successes and 33 years he still takes care of every detail. To get to his level the technical qualities, it’s still not enough for him.”