Allegri: ’Losing to Modrić will motivate Ronaldo to become even better’

By Tom Bodell, Football Whispers

Juventus coach Max Allegri says missing out on the Ballon d'Or to former Real Madrid team-mate Luka Modrić will motivate Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Portuguese forward is tied with FC Barcelona great Lionel Messi on five awards – no player has more in the history of the Ballon d'Or.

However, on Monday evening Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Modrić broke up the duo's decade-long duopoly of the award and became the first player other than Ronaldo or Messi to win the Ballon d'Or since AC Milan's Kaká in 2007.

"It's too bad, Ronaldo certainly deserved it with Real," Allegri said at the Gazzetta Sports Awards.

Ronaldo helped Real Madrid win a third consecutive UEFA Champions League in 2018, scoring 45 times for club and country during the calendar year.

But Allegri expects his No.7 to respond after missing out on the gong.

"Modrić winning it will be a motivation, he'll want to do better and win his sixth ballon d'or with Juventus next year," he said.

"CR7 is a model to all footballers. Even with all his success and at 33 years old he still focuses on each detail. His talents alone don't account for him being on his level.

"He is a likable guy and he has joined into the group well, and raised our level of professionalism, which is always a part of Juventus."

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