Ancelotti seems unconcerned about Madrid’s failure to win the Ballon d’Or.
Carlo Ancelotti was unfazed by Manchester City being named team of the year at Monday’s Ballon d’Or ceremony, claiming that Real Madrid’s Champions League triumph is proof of their standing.
Despite winning LaLiga and the Champions League last season, Madrid finished third in the team award voting.
Liverpool finished second to City, as they did in the Premier League. The Reds also lost to Real Madrid in the Champions League final last season, but they did win the EFL Cup and FA Cup. Indeed, Los Blancos defeated Pep Guardiola’s side en route to their 14th European title.
Ancelotti, on the other hand, believes Madrid, who won the Super Cup in August and are top of LaLiga after defeating Barcelona in the Clasico on Sunday, are still the best.
In a press conference, he stated, “I don’t know the criteria well because they don’t talk about the team; Madrid is the best team, which is why they won the Champions League.”
“I have the utmost respect for that award.” In May, we received the most important award.”
Madrid did have some success on Monday, with Karim Benzema winning the main individual award for his outstanding season in 2021-22, making him the first French player to do so since Zinedine Zidane in 1998.
Benzema, 34, led Real Madrid to victory, which came against the odds – at least in the Champions League.
When asked if his achievements since rejoining Real Madrid from Everton last year had surprised him, Ancelotti replied, “No, I don’t think so.” So far, our results have been excellent.
“It’s not surprising to me; here you have everything you need to be successful: history, tradition, competitiveness, player quality, atmosphere… I had considerably more worries at the start of last season than I have now.”
Last season, Benzema scored 44 goals, second only to Robert Lewandowski (50) among players in Europe’s top five leagues.
Following Benzema on the list was Kylian Mbappe, who scored 39 goals at Paris Saint-Germain and was destined to join his France teammate at Real Madrid until a late change of heart.
Last week, it was reported that Mbappe wanted to leave PSG, but he disputed those claims on Monday.
When asked if Mbappe deserved another chance to join the club, Ancelotti preferred to praise the future generation already at the Santiago Bernabeu.
“I don’t know what the future holds; I don’t know what can happen on a personal level,” he remarked.
“The future of this club and this team has already been written by young players like Vinicius [Junior], Rodrygo, [Aurelien] Tchouameni, [Eduardo] Camavinga, [Federico] Valverde, [Eder] Militao…
“The players change, but these players have indicated what Real Madrid’s future will be.”