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Leonardo Bonucci would like to see a defender win the Ballon d’Or but concedes that the 2018 award “must go to Cristiano Ronaldo” ahead of the likes of Raphael Varane.
France’s successful World Cup side is expected to provide several leading contenders for the prestigious individual prize.
Alongside Varane, the likes of Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe are being backed to secure plenty of support
Ronaldo, though, has enjoyed another successful year, having claimed Champions League honours with Real Madrid in 2017-18, and Juventus team-mate Bonucci expects him to become the first man to six Ballons d’Or.
The Italian centre-half said: “It would be nice to see a defender win the Ballon d’Or like Varane but, as much as he gave to Real last year and for all that he has shown, the Golden Ball must go to Cristiano Ronaldo.”
Bonucci was speaking ahead of Juve’s Champions League clash with Manchester United on Wednesday.
Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba joked about Cristiano Ronaldo’s ability, saying the Juventus star “scores as easily as he drinks water”.
Ronaldo, 33, has made a fine start to his Juve career, netting seven goals in 13 games in all competitions while adding six assists.
Speaking ahead of United’s clash again Juve in Turin on Wednesday, Pogba said Ronaldo made scoring look easy.
Playing alongside great players like Ronaldo, like [Lionel] Messi and like Neymar is always a pleasure. Today he is with Juventus.
“I think he is very happy to be here and I think it’s a great thing for Juventus to have a player who scores as easily as he drinks water.”
Ronaldo has adjusted well to life in Italy so far, scoring seven goals and adding six assists in 13 games with Juventus.
Despite the strong start, the Portuguese star will be searching for his first Champions League goal of his season as he faces off against his old club on Wednesday.
Ronaldo is the all-time leading scorer in the competition, having rolled up 120 goals in 155 games to this point, just in front of Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.
Juventus enter the clash in Turin five full points clear of Pogba and United in Champions League Group H
Having won all three of their matches while United have managed just a win and a draw in their fixtures.
That contest will see Ronaldo reunited with his former club, while current Red Devils star Paul Pogba will also be facing some familiar faces.
“Paul and I are still good friends,” Bonucci said of an ex-Bianconeri star who is being linked with a potential return to Turin.
“He’s a great player and he told me he was really excited to be coming back to this stadium. I hope he plays very well but Juve win the game.”