Massimiliano Allegri believes Cristiano Ronaldo deserves to win the Ballon D’Or, following media reports that the forward has not been short-listed for the award’s final three for the first time since 2010.
The Portugal international has won the prize, run by French magazine France Football and awarded to the world’s best player annually, five times and finished as runner-up five times since 2007.
Media have reported that the podium for this year’s prize would be made up of Paris St Germain’s Kylian Mbappe and Luka Modric and Raphael Varane of Real Madrid.
The winner would be named at a ceremony in Paris on Dec. 3.
“He is doing well and yesterday he trained well. For what he has done, as I’ve said several times, he will deserve the Ballon D’Or,” Allegri said.
Allegri shot down suggestions that his side were facing an injury crisis in midfield ahead of the visit of SPAL in Serie A on Saturday.
Sami Khedira and Emre Can were sidelined with injuries, but their absence does not concern the coach.
“We will need to play with who we have on ground.
“Blaise Matuidi returned today because he needed a few days of rest.
‘’We have Miralem Pjanic and Rodrigo Bentancur available; we will find a solution with who we have. We are not in an emergency,” he said.
Allegri confirmed that Mattia Perin would start in goal alongside Ronaldo and Mario Mandzukic in attack.
Paulo Dybala was likely to be rested, having only returned from international duty on Thursday.
Allegri was encouraged by the forward’s development after he scored his first goal for Argentina against Mexico on Tuesday.
“It’s a step forward for him, he is constantly growing, this year he has started very well and he is in a great physical and mental state.
“His development must not stop; it depends on how much he wants it,” said Allegri.
Juventus hold a six-point advantage over second-placed Napoli at the top of Serie A.
The club from Turin remains unbeaten this season with 11 wins and a draw from 12 games, while SPAL are in 15th with 13 points.