Cristiano Ronaldo can overtake Lionel Messi to win more Ballon d'Or: Zinedine Zidane

Zinedine Zidane insists that Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has more to give in the future and will end up winning more Ballon d'Or titles than rival Barcelona star Lionel Messi.

IANS| Last Updated: Jan 20, 2015, 11:29 AM IST
Cristiano Ronaldo can overtake Lionel Messi to win more Ballon d'Or: Zinedine Zidane

Paris: Zinedine Zidane insists that Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has more to give in the future and will end up winning more Ballon d'Or titles than rival Barcelona star Lionel Messi.

"Ronaldo will win more Ballons d'Or," he told Goal.com Monday. A week ago in Zurich, the 29-year-old Portuguese striker was crowned the world's best player of 2014 for the third time overall, leaving him just one behind his Argentine counterpart.

"What he's doing is from another planet. If this continues, he will improve even further and may end up winning more than Messi," said the iconic Zidane, 42, who's coaching Real reserves Castilla after retiring from soccer with Real, Xinhua reported.

The former France international had a lot to say about compatriot Karim Benzema, saying he's exceptional for Los Blancos. "He is another very important player. Sometimes it is discussed whether to change to him to a No.9 for Madrid and it's wrong. All wrong," said Zidane.

"He is not a player who will score 60 goals a year like Cristiano, but thanks to his quality, he links up with everyone and always makes the moves that the team needs," he added. "Very few in the world can do that."