Five-time Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo skipped the awards ceremony in London as his former Real Madrid teammate Luka Modric beat him
Cristiano Ronaldo turns his focus back to Juventus's quest for a treble this season on Wednesday after losing out in the Fifa's best player of the year award.
Five-time Ballon d'Or winner Ronaldo skipped the awards ceremony in London on Monday as his former Real Madrid teammate Luka Modric beat him for the award.
The 33-year-old Portuguese star also lost out to Liverpool's Mohamed Salah for the Puskas Award for the best goal.
He had been nominated for his superb overhead bicycle kick for Real Madrid against Juventus in last season's Champions League quarter-final, which even drew a standing ovation from Juventus supporters in Turin.
Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri had backed Ronaldo -- who has scored three goals in his last two league games -- for the award, as he led the way in the Champions League with 15 goals to help Real to a third straight title.
"With no offence to Luka Modric, I'd give the Ballon d'Or to Ronaldo for what he did last season. I think he deserves it," said Allegri.
For the first time since 2007, the FIFA Player of the Year award is won by a player other than Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi. pic.twitter.com/XrFDDZsHpv— ESPN UK (@ESPNUK) September 24, 2018
The Italian champions face a heavy week in Turin with three games in their Allianz Stadium in the space of seven days.
After Wednesday's game against 18th-placed Bologna, who shocked Roma 2-0 at the weekend, Juventus play Carlo Ancelotti's Napoli in a top-of-the table clash on Saturday.
Juventus have had a perfect start to the season with five wins and 15 points -- three points ahead of Napoli.