Juventus head coach Maurizio Sarri said it is “really annoying” that any player has won more Ballons d’Or than superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.
Barcelona captain Lionel Messi moved one ahead of Ronaldo for the Ballon d’Or record, claiming his sixth individual honour in December.
The result came despite Ronaldo helping Juve to an eighth consecutive Serie A title and Portugal win the inaugural Nations League crown.
Sarri is determined for Ronaldo – who sat out Wednesday’s 4-0 Coppa Italia last-16 victory over Udinese through illness – to add to his Ballon d’Or collection and match Messi.
“I would like to help Cristiano win the sixth Ballon d’Or first,” Sarri told reporters post-game in Turin.
“It’s really annoying thinking that someone won more [Ballons d’Or] than him. I think about him and I think helping him, it is my goal and the goal of the team. It is right for him.”
Sarri also tipped Juve striker Paulo Dybala to challenge for the award in the future.
“Dybala is going to be one of the contenders in the next years. I think so,” Sarri added.