After Real Madrid’s win over Sporting with 5-1 score, Ronaldo was
questioned on Alves’s comment that Neymar should have beaten him to
second place at the Ballon d’Or.
After the ceremony Alves said: “Yes, it surprised me [that he did
not finish second], but everyone starts crying when I say these things
and speak my mind. Neymar has gone through an incredible evolution and
he’s a better player every day, of course he’ll keep competing for the
award, he wants it and will work to win it. The years pass and he just
gets better. We’re privileged to have him with us.”
“Everyone who talks about me, appears in front the next day. I do not give free promotion,” Ronaldo responded.
In his turn Alves posted a picture of all 30 trophies he has collected during his playing career with a polite “Good morning!” message.