The former Spain head coach Javier Clemente has admitted that Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo should be happy and proud to be second in the world to superior Barcelona rival Lionel Messi.

“Messi is ahead of everyone,” Clemente, 66, told Cadena SER. “He does different things and the sum of those parts lifts him to first place.

“This doesn’t mean the rest aren’t any good, and I don’t know why some people get angry because of it.”

“If you aren’t the number one, who cares if you are number two; it’s out of your control if one guy is born better than you are.

“Cristiano should be happy and proud to be second in the world’’

  • Ronaldo beat his arch rival Lionel Messi to win his fourth Ballon d’Or last month after a successful year.
  • He’s now now one Ballon d’Or behind last year’s winner Messi, who has won five in total.
  • Clemente enjoyed spells in charge of Athletic Bilbao, Atletico Madrid and Espanyol among others.

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