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Ronaldo didn't deserve Ballon d'Or: Mourinho

Dec 04, 2008 at 12:46am IST

New Delhi: The coach chuckled at hearing the news Ronaldo won the prestigious award and he insists one of his players deserved it more.

Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho has stunned everyone with his response when asked to give his views on Cristiano Ronaldo’s Ballon d'Or win.

The Manchester United ace scooped the award for his wonder season last term where he dragged his side to a Premier League and Champions League double.

NOT HAPPY: Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho said he wanted his own players to win the Ballon d'Or.

Ronaldo became the third Portuguese player to have won the Golden Ball after Eusebio and Luis Figo but Mourinho scoffed at the achievement and he revealed he would have preferred to have seen someone else lift it.

Asked by Sky Italia about the Ronaldo win and whether he had any praise for the star, Mourinho said, "No, I would have preferred one of my own foreign players to have won the Ballon d'Or."

Inter are running away with the Serie A title given the six point gap between them and second place Juventus, but the coach is keeping his feet on the ground.

"The league still hasn't reached the halfway point and we cannot relax. We will continue to work hard everyday."

The coaches' words are likely to cause controversy around the world. The 'Special One' didn't even recognise his fellow countryman's achievement with praise.

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