Lisbon - Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has said it would be a
travesty if Cristiano Ronaldo did not win the 2012 FIFA Ballon d'Or, as
competition heats up between the Portuguese striker and Barcelona's
"If Cristiano doesn't win the Ballon d'Or this year,
it's only because he's not nice, because he doesn't sell his image
well," Mourinho was quoted as saying by Friday's Portuguese sports daily
Unlike Messi, Mourinho added, Ronaldo had won a major title with Real - the Spanish league.
the Barca and Argentina forward has nevertheless won the last three
Ballon d'Or, the prestigious award for the world's outstanding
"Messi has grown up in the team in which he plays,
with the players he plays alongside. Not Cristiano, who was in England
and whom we put into a team that was a losing one," the Portuguese coach
Ronaldo is "a winger who scores as many goals as a No 9, a player who is not protected from anything or anybody".
"It's much tougher being Cristiano than Messi," insisted Mourinho.