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Host Kate Abdo Reveals Cristiano Ronaldo Helped Neymar at 2016 Ballon d'Or

Joe Gallagher@joesgallagherFeatured ColumnistMarch 22, 2016

The host of this year's Ballon d'Or ceremony, Kate Abdo, has revealed how it was Cristiano Ronaldo, rather than Lionel Messi, who helped Neymar in the rehearsal.

In an interview with Football Beyond Borders, she said the Real Madrid and Portugal star can be more entertaining to interview than Argentina's Messi, who won the 2016 award.

"Messi's quite quiet, he's quite reserved, he's a little bit shy," Abdo said. "Whereas Ronaldo comes across as very confident, he's very comfortable in front of the cameras and he'll give you a little bit more back."

(From L) Brazil and FC Barcelona forward Neymar, Brazil and FC Barcelona defender Dani Alves, Argentina and FC Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, Spain and FC Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta and Portugal and Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo pose on
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Abdo noted that 31-year-old Ronaldo comes across differently off camera than he does on it.

"It was interesting because we see him so much on TV," she said. "He's such a big brand, he's so well known in terms of his public persona."

And she revealed that their mutual fluency with the Portuguese language meant that it was Ronaldo, rather than Neymar's Barcelona team-mate, who guided him through this year's rehearsal.

(From L) FC Barcelona and Brazils forward Neymar, FC Barcelona and Argentina's forward Lionel Messi and Real Madrid and Portugal's forward Cristiano Ronaldo pose after a press conference ahead of the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshau
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"He came out with Neymar, and although Messi and Neymar are team-mates, it was Ronaldo who took him around and showed him where he had to go and made sure everything was translated for him," she said.

"He was very kind and very caring towards Neymar, the way he looked out for him and made sure he knew what he was doing. I think that's a side maybe you don't expect."

The trio, who shared the podium that night, will be together again on April 2 for this season's second Clasico at Barcelona's Camp Nou.

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