"It would be a crime ifdid not win the Ballon d'Or" in 2012, said the Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho, saying in an interview published Friday that "it is more difficult to be Cristiano than be Messi. "
"If Cristiano does not win the Ballon d'Or this year, it is only because it is not nice, not because it sells well ... his image," said Mourinho Portuguese sports daily A Bola, arguing that his star striker was unlikeof FC Barcelona, won a "headline" with his club, the Spanish Liga.
"Messi grew up in the team where he plays with the players with whom he plays. Pas Cristiano, who was in England and we put in a team that had a losing team," said the Portuguese coach, describing his compatriot as "a winger who scores as many goals as N.9" and "a player who is not protected by anything or anyone" the physical plane.
"So, I repeat, it is much harder to be as Messi Cristiano," he insisted.