Ballon d’Or: Cristiano Ronaldo Mocks Ex Teammate Fabio Paim Who Asked for One of His Titles

Ballon d’Or: Cristiano Ronaldo Mocks Ex Teammate Fabio Paim Who Asked for One of His Titles

Martin Moses
November 21, 2023 at 6:44 AM
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has mocked his former teammate who asked for one of his Ballon d'Or
  • Fabio Paim played with Ronaldo at Sporting Lisbon, but his career never really took off
  • Ronaldo has won his first Ballon d'Or in 2008 and added four while playing for Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo has taken a brutal dig at his former teammate Fabio Paem with a savage comment on Instagram.

Paim stirred controversy when he asked Ronaldo to gift him one of the many Ballon d'Or titles he has amassed in his illustrious career.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Ballon d'Or, Fabio Paim
Cristiano Ronaldo poses with his five Ballon d'Or titles in 2017. Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno.
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Ronaldo is unarguably one of the most successful players in football's history, with his five Ballon d'Or wins only bettered by Lionel Messi's eight.

Paim appeared in an Instagram interview with Ptclipes, where he hilariously asked the Al-Nassr striker to send over one of his awards. Ronaldo saw the interview and left the comment;

"(expletive), who is this guy?"

The comment might have been banter between the two players who know each other from their Sporting Lisbon days.

Ronaldo's career vs Paim's

Paim's career never took off like Ronaldo's, as he played for over ten clubs in seven countries without leaving any legacy. He was accused of drug trafficking in 2019 but was later acquitted of the charges.

His career completely contrasts Ronaldo's, who joined Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United, where he won his first Ballon d'Or title. He later moved to Real Madrid, where he took his game to the next level, scoring 450 goals in nine years.

The 38-year-old joined Juventus before having an unceremonious return to Manchester United. He joined Saudi Arabian giants Al-Nassr at the start of this year.

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Ronaldo melts hearts with gesture towards mascots

In the lead-up to their final fixture against Iceland, Ronaldo - in what could be his last Euro qualifying match - took centre stage with a heartwarming gesture towards the matchday mascots, Sports Brief reported.

The forward dedicated time to acknowledge and salute all the mascots just before the action unfolded at the Estadio Jose Alvalade.

The match concluded with Portugal securing a 2-0 victory, with Bruno Fernandes scoring a brilliant goal from the edge of the box and Ronaldo providing an assist for Ricardo Horta to finish from close range.

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