Agence France-PresseNovember 21, 2013 06:45
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Thursday backed Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo for this year's hotly contested Ballon d'Or award for the world's best footballer.
The prime minister, a Real Madrid supporter, said the 28-year-old Portuguese international deserved the prize although he saved words of praise for Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and for Bayern Munich's French international Franck Ribery.
"I am a Real Madrid fan, I have always been a Madrid fan. If I had to vote I would vote for Ronaldo," the Spanish leader said in an interview with public radio.