I de­serve more Bal­lon d’Or awards than Messi: Ronaldo

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Sport -

Lon­don: Ju­ven­tus for­ward Cris­tiano Ronaldo said he de­serves to end his soc­cer ca­reer with more Bal­lon d’Or awards than Barcelona coun­ter­part Lionel Messi and hopes to es­tab­lish him­self as the great­est player of all time.

Ronaldo, 34, has won the renowned France Foot­ball mag­a­zine tro­phy for the world’s best player five times - as many as Messi - but is ea­ger for more as he moves into the twi­light of his ca­reer. “Messi’s in the his­tory of foot­ball,” Ronaldo told broad­caster Piers Mor­gan in an in­ter­view with Britain’s ITV on Tues­day. “But I think I have to have six or seven or eight to be above him,” he said, re­fer­ring to the Bal­lon d’Or awards. “I’d love it, I think I de­serve it.”

The Por­tu­gal cap­tain said he was no friend of the Ar­gen­tine but cred­ited his ri­val for help­ing push him fur­ther in his own ca­reer. “My re­la­tion­ship with him is, we are not friends, but we have shared this stage for 15 years,” Ronaldo said. “I know that he has pushed me to be a bet­ter player and I have pushed him to be a bet­ter player as well.”

Ronaldo, who also played for Manch­ester United and Real Madrid, has five UEFA Cham­pi­ons League win­ners’ medals and led Por­tu­gal to vic­tory at the 2016 UEFA Eu­ro­pean Cham­pi­onship and 2019 UEFA Na­tions League tour­na­ments.

“I don’t fol­low the records, the records fol­low me. I’m ad­dicted to the suc­cess, and I don’t think it’s some­thing bad, I think it’s good,” Ronaldo said. “It mo­ti­vates me. If you’re not mo­ti­vated, it’s bet­ter to stop.”

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