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Cristiano Ronaldo Has Decided Not To Wear Badge For Winning Best Player

Cristiano Ronaldo Has Decided Not To Wear Badge For Winning Best Player

Serie A have handed out badges to the winners of their awards last season and the only player not wearing his is Player of the Season Cristiano Ronaldo.

The badges are new this year with Serie A handing them out to the winner of last season's goalkeeper, defender, midfielder, attacker, young player and player of the year award winners.

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Players can choose whether they wear them or not and, whilst most the winners are, Player of the Year winner Cristiano Ronaldo has decided, according to reports, against wearing his because he doesn't want to be considered above his teammates.

No badge on Ronaldo's shirt. Image: PA Images
No badge on Ronaldo's shirt. Image: PA Images
Kouliably's badge next to his Napoli badge, Zaniolo's below the Serie A badge. Image: PA Images
Kouliably's badge next to his Napoli badge, Zaniolo's below the Serie A badge. Image: PA Images

Samir Handanovic won goalkeeper of the year, Kalidou Koulibaly the defenders award, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic was named best midfielder, Fabio Quagliarella was top scorer and best striker and Nicolo Zaniolo won best young player.

All five men have had their newly won badges on their shirts for the first two weeks of Serie A and Ronaldo is the only one of them to decide against wearing it.

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In his debut season in Italy, following his huge move from Real Madrid, the five time Ballon d'Or winner bagged himself 21 goals and set up his teammates eight times as Juventus once again won the league.

The 34-year-old has already started his 2019/20 campaign with a goal. He went without one as the Old Lady beat Parma 1-0 on the opening day but he scored to put his side 3-0 up against Napoli on Saturday.

His 62nd minute strike looked to have given Maurizio Sarri's side all three points but Carlo Ancelotti's team staged a magnificent comeback to level at 3-3.

Ironically it was last season's defender of the year Koulibaly who scored an injury time own goal to hand Juve all three points at the Allianz Stadium.

Koulibaly after putting the ball into his own net. Image: PA Images
Koulibaly after putting the ball into his own net. Image: PA Images

After two games only Juve, local rivals Torina and table toppers Inter have won two out of two as they head into the international break.

The Old Lady will be hoping to win a ninth title in-a-row but they signed Ronaldo to help win the Champions League for the first time since 1996 and that will be their main aim for the season.

Topics: Fabio Quagliarella, Serie A, Italian Football, Sergej Milinković-Savić, Juventus, Napoli, Kalidou Koulibaly, Cristiano Ronaldo, Italy

Ryan Sidle

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