Cristiano Ronaldo accused the editor-in-chief of “France Football” magazine of lying, after he said that the Portuguese star’s only ambition is to surpass Messi in the number of Ballon d’Or awards – the Golden Ball – before retiring.
Pascal Ferret, the organizer of the Balloon d’Or award, made the claim to the New York Times.
Paris Saint-Germain player Lionel Messi won the award for the seventh time, while Ronaldo finished sixth in the vote for the best player in the world.
Ronaldo said: “I always win for myself, and for the club I represent. I win for myself and for those who love me, I don’t win against someone.”
Ferret had told the New York Times, “There is one ambition for Ronaldo, and that is to have more balloon turns than Messi, and I know this because he told me this.”
Ronald responded via social media, saying: “Pascal Ferret lied, he used my name to promote himself, and to promote the magazine in which he works. It is not acceptable that the person responsible for awarding such a prestigious award is lying in such a way that does not bear any respect for a person who has always respected France.” Football and the Ballon d’Or award.
The Manchester United striker added: “The biggest ambition in my career is to win local and international titles for the club I play for and for my country.”
Ronaldo continued: “The biggest ambition in my career is to leave my name written in golden letters in the history of world football.”
The Ballon d’Or award is given to the best player of the year, and 180 journalists from around the world vote on the winner’s choice, presented by France Football magazine.
Argentine star Messi won the award seven times, more than any other player, and the latest victory comes after he won it in the years 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2019.
The last time Ronaldo won the Ballon d’Or was in 2017, and this is the first time that Ronaldo has been outside the world’s top five players.
In the period between 2008-2019, the competition for the award was limited to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
United agreed to pay 12.8 million pounds to sign the Portuguese star, who won the title of best player in the world five times.
Cristiano Ronaldo is a living football legend, having won several titles and awards such as the title of the all-time top scorer in the Champions League with 134 goals.
Ronaldo also reached an important milestone in his career earlier this year when he scored two goals from two penalties for Portugal to draw 2-2 with France in the European Championship, which made him reach 109 international goals.
This equaled the record of Ali Daei, who scored 109 goals for Iran between 1993 and 2006.
Reaching this achievement helped cement the 36-year-old’s position as one of the best players in football history.
Ronaldo also won two La Liga titles and the King’s Cup twice at Real Madrid, but he has become a true legend in the elite club competitions in Europe.
He won the Champions League in 2008 with United, but won it four more times with Real Madrid. The first was in 2014 before three consecutive times in 2016, 2017 and 2018, becoming the first player to win the tournament five times.