Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly stayed in his car until it was time to pick up his own awards at Serie A’s Gala del Calcio last night.
The Italian top flight’s awards ceremony is strangely held on the same night as the Ballon d’Or.
But while Ronaldo did snub the Ballon d’Or gala in Paris in order to collect his Serie A gongs – the Portuguese star left people baffled with his delayed entrance.
Tancredi Palmeri tweeted: “UNBELIEVABLE!
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“Cristiano Ronaldo waited in his car for the moment in which he had to be awarded MVP Serie A award!
“Then when the time came, he finally get out to enter the theatre, while his bodyguards pointed torchlights to cameras!”
The 34-year-old won Serie A’s best forward and MVP awards.
He joined journalist Diletta Leotta on stage to accept the gongs and posed for pictures.
But over in Paris, he was comfortably beaten in the race for the Ballon d’Or by runner-up Virgil van Dijk and winner Lionel Messi.
The win saw the Argentine scoop his sixth Ballon d’Or – one more than Ronaldo, and his first since 2015.
Picking up his awards, the former Real Madrid marksman said: “I’m happy, the Italian championship is very difficult.
“I would like to thank my Juventus teammates and all the colleagues who voted for me. This year I will try to repeat it.”
And despite his client’s defeat to Messi, super-agent Jorge Mendes was bullish: “Cristiano is the best player in history, and you know it!”
This article was originally published by The Sun and reproduced with permission.