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Cristiano Ronaldo's Mother Explains What Prevented Him From Winning More Awards

(via Marca)

(via Marca)

Cristiano Ronaldo has had a career full of silverware, but some people think he could have had more if it wasn’t for external factors that affected the player.

For instance, his mother, Maria Dolores Aveiro has said that his son would’ve won more individual awards if it wasn’t for the so-called ‘football mafia’, accusing them of robbing the Ballon d’Or of CR7.

Last year, Cristiano finished second in the race for France Football's coveted prize behind former Real Madrid teammate Luka Modric. As reported by Marca, Aveiro has now suggested that her son was a victim of injustice from the football mafia, claiming things would have been different if he were "Spanish or English."

"There is a mafia. That's the right word to define it,” She told the Portuguese press.

"Yes, there is a mafia in football.

"If there wasn't a football mafia, my son would have more [individual] international trophies.

"If you see everything that happened, you will realize that it is the mafia.

"If he was Spanish or English, they would not do what they did to him.

"But since he's Portuguese and from Madeira... Well, this happens."

Even though many people believed Cristiano had a chance to win the longed-for award, the majority was sure Luka Modric was the rightful winner after all the good things he did with Real Madrid and the Croatian national team.

Now CR7 will try to surpass Lionel Messi as the maximum winner of this prize, as he even admitted in September that he wants to win more Ballon d'Ors than the Argentinian.

"I would love it, and I think I deserve [the Ballon d'Or]," he told Piers Morgan in ITV's Cristiano Ronaldo Meets Piers Morgan.

"Messi is a fantastic guy, a fantastic player.

"He's in the history of football -- but I think I have to have six or seven or eight to be above him.

"My relationship with him is, we are not friends, but we have shared this stage for 15 years.

"I have a good relationship with him and I know that he has pushed me to be a better player and I have pushed him to be a better player as well."

One imagines this year the voting will be closed, but there is no doubt whoever ends up winning the award will create a lot of controversies.