Although about 24 hours have passed since Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema was crowned the Golden Ball as the best player in the world for 2022, a strange calm hangs over the social networking accounts of Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo.
Many players, coaches and pundits have congratulated Benzema on finally receiving the most important individual award in world football, but not including Ronaldo, who he played with at Real Madrid.
The state of silence that Ronaldo shows at the present time, raises some speculation about the nature of the relationship with Benzema, who played with him for many years in the Spanish club.
Are there differences between Ronaldo and Benzema?
What we see in public says otherwise, because the two have a very strong relationship, since they came together to Real Madrid in the 2009 transfer market, and we only saw friendship and praise statements between the two.
Benzema had previously said about him before the European Super match this season: “Ronaldo helped me a lot and when he left I had a desire to change my style and ambition and I think I did it successfully.”
What is Ronaldo’s position on congratulating competitors?
The current Manchester United striker congratulated Luka Modric after winning the Ballon d’Or in 2018, during his time with Juventus, but he did it in his own way.
The 37-year-old said: “I think I deserve the Ballon d’Or every year, I work hard constantly, but not winning it does not mean the end of the world. Congratulations to Modric, he deserves it, but I will return next year and I will do everything in my power to crown the award.”
In 2019, he congratulated his fiercest rival, Lionel Messi, on winning the Ballon d’Or, and he also did the same when Mohamed Salah received the Puskas Award for the best goal of the year in 2018.