Argentina legend Diego Maradona describes the awful feeling he had handing Ronaldo FIFA award ahead of Messi

Argentina legend Diego Maradona describes the awful feeling he had handing Ronaldo FIFA award ahead of Messi

- Diego Maradona did not like he gave Ronaldo the FIFA Footballer of the year award

- Ronaldo won the award on Monday, October 23 ahead of rival Lionel Messi and PSG's Neymar

- The Argentina great denies that he has a poor relationshiop with his countryman

- Messi did not invite Maradona to his wedding to Antonella Rocuzzo in the summer

Football legend Diego Maradona says it "hurt his soul" to hand the Best FIFA Men's Player award to Cristiano Ronaldo and not fellow countryman Lionel Messi.

Ronaldo won the accolade for the second year running on Monday, October 23 beating off competition from Barcelona's Messi and PSG's Neymar.

Diego Maradona: Giving Ronaldo FIFA award 'hurt my soul'

Ronaldo speaks afte receiving his award as FIFA president Infantino, Maradona and Ronaldo De Lima look on. Photo: Squawka

Maradona and former Brazil international Ronaldo De Lima presented the award to Ronaldo at the Best FIFA Football Awards ceremony in London.

"To give the Best [award] to Ronaldo and not be able to give it to Messi hurt my soul," Maradona told TyC Sports.

Diego Maradona: Giving Ronaldo FIFA award 'hurt my soul'

Ronaldo and Messi talk to each other at the awards ceremony. Photo: LeoMessiStats/Twitter

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Maradona says he was disappointed Messi did not invite him to his wedding this summer but denied their relationship was in a bad shape.

"The meeting with Messi was fantastic," Maradona said. "I spoke to him, and the same love and affection was there as always."

Argentina and Messi have lost three straight finals at major competitions in a three-year span the 2014 World Cup against Germany, the 2015 Copa America against Chile and the 2016 Copa America Centenario also against Chile.

Messi leads this season's goal-scoring charts in La Liga with 11 goals. He was last term's top scorer with 37 in 34 games.

Source: Yen.com.gh

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