Former Barcelona defender, Dani Alves has revealed an incident where Cristiano Ronaldo snubbed him at a Ballon d’Or ceremony during their time in Spain.
Newsbreak.ng reports that Alves narrated this while speaking on a podcast with UNAM Pumas team-mate Efrian Valverde.
“There came a time because of the rivalry that I would go over to greet him [Ronaldo] and he wouldn’t greet me,” he said.
“There was a controversy that never came out, but in the dressing room of the Ballon d’Or ceremony we had a scuffle, I greeted everyone and he didn’t greet me because of what the Barcelona-Real Madrid rivalry was generating outside. But how can I not respect a guy who has achieved everything based on hard work and putting his heart and soul into it?”
The El Clásico is considered one of the biggest club football games in the world and is among the most viewed annual sporting events. Ronaldo meanwhile, is widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time. Alves holds the record for most trophies won by a player in football.