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Cristiano Ronaldo denies aiming to win more Ballons d’Or than Lionel Messi

The Ballon d’Or award received a lot of attention this year. The Argentine phenomenon Lionel Messi eventually won the coveted award on Monday (November 29) during a gala ceremony at Paris’ Theatre du Chatelet. Three days before the main event, the editor-in-chief of France Football, Pascal Ferre said that Cristiano Ronaldo confessed to him that his only ambition is to win more Ballon d’Or titles than Lionel Messi. However, Ronaldo has refuted this claim, accusing Pascal of damaging his reputation. Let’s take a look at the actual story.

What did Pascal Ferre say about Ronaldo in the New York Times interview?

The New York Times published an interview with Pascal Ferre, editor-in-chief of France Football Magazine, three days before the Ballon d’Or 2021 award ceremony. Pascal discussed his career, his plans to host the gala event of the Ballon d’Or, and a variety of other topics, including footballers’ perceptions of the prestigious award. The Ballon d’Or award has turned into a means of determining who is the greatest in the modern-day. As a result, the topic of Messi and Ronaldo’s rivalry came up during the interview at one point.

“Ronaldo has only one ambition, and that is to retire with more Ballons d’Or than Messi and I know that because he has told me.” Pascal Ferre told the New York Times.

Pascal did not specify when Ronaldo made that statement. However, Cristiano Ronaldo was not happy with such remarks by the chief of France Football Magazine. Messi had won the award six times before 2021, while Ronaldo has won five times.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s response to Pascal’s statement

Manchester United’s Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo reacted with anger to Pascal’s statement on the day of the main event of the Ballon d’Or 2021. Ronaldo responded with a long Instagram post on his verified account. According to him, Pascal allegedly lied in the interview in order to promote himself and his organization. Ronaldo reaffirmed his respect for France Football Magazine and the Ballon d’Or award. He always extends his congratulations to the recipients of this honor.

Ronaldo also stated in the post that his major ambition is to win trophies for his club and the national team on a domestic and international level. He is striving to set an example for young players who wish to be professional footballers. Important to note that, Cristiano Ronaldo won the Ballon d’Or for the last time when he was at Real Madrid in 2017.

The Ballon d’Or 2021 Gala Event’s Winners

Lionel Messi won the Ballon d’Or in 2021 with 613 points. Alexia Putellas of Barcelona won the Feminin Ballon d’Or 2021 with 186 points. Young sensation from Barcelona, Pedri won the Kopa trophy with 89 points. With 594 points, Italy’s Gianluigi Donnarumma won the Yashin trophy. Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich won the best striker of the year award with 59 points, while Chelsea of England was named the best club of the year.

Bottom Line

Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the all-time great footballers. Ronaldo’s greatness will not be determined by the number of Ballon d’Or he won throughout his playing career. However, winning the Ballon d’Or is a really remarkable achievement, and every professional player aspires to win it at least once in their career.

Both Messi and Ronaldo have won the award a total of 12 times. It shows how consistent these two players have been over the past 15 years. They can still play at the highest level for two or three years before retiring. Will Cristiano Ronaldo be able to equal Lionel Messi’s Ballon d’Or tally by this time?

Source: United News of Bangladesh