Rio Ferdinand says Arsenal star being ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo on award shortlist is ‘laughable’

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Bukayo Saka of Arsenal looks on during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on May 12, 2022 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images)

Bukayo Saka has scored 11 goals for Arsenal in the Premier League this season (Getty)

Rio Ferdinand believes Bukayo Saka should not have been named ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo on the shortlist for the Premier League’s Player of the Season award.

Ronaldo has endured a miserable campaign with Manchester United, who have already missed out on a place in next season’s Champions League, but the 37-year-old has still scored 18 goals in his first campaign back in the Premier League.

Saka, meanwhile, has been one of Arsenal’s standout performers with 11 goals and six assists in the Premier League so far.

Last week, the 20-year-old was named on the shortlist for the Premier League’s Player of the Season alongside Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jarrod Bowen, Joao Cancelo, Kevin De Bruyne, Mohamed Salah, Son Heung-min and James Ward-Prowse.

But Ferdinand believes Ronaldo has done enough to warrant being alongside the frontrunners for the award.

‘Saka’s in the in the Player of the Year nominees?’ Ferdinand asked on Vibe with Five.

Cristiano Ronaldo has led the way for Manchester United with 18 goals in the Premier League

Cristiano Ronaldo has led the way for Manchester United with 18 goals in the Premier League (Getty)

‘I wouldn’t have had Saka in there yet, as well as he’s done.

‘I wouldn’t have had him over Ronaldo, no, not this season.

‘Ronaldo should be in ahead of three of four of those guys in there.

‘He probably doesn’t win it but in terms of nominees, it’s laughable.

‘He’ll take it as a disrespect but these are the things that fuel him, he’ll be thinking, ‘how dare you?’.

‘If it’s based on stats, he’s like, ‘I’ve banged in more goals than most of them on that list other than Salah, so what are you talking about?”

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