Cristiano Ronaldo was undeterred in responding to comments from the editor-in-chief of France Football, the French weekly that has organized the Ballon d’Or awards since 1956 recognizing the best footballers in the world.
In a story about the 2021 Ballon d’Or, which takes place at a gala in Paris on Monday, Pascal Ferre said that Ronaldo has “only one ambition”: to win more player of the year awards than his lifelong rival for the greatest. . awards in world football.
“Ronaldo only has one ambition, and that is to retire with more Ballon d’Or than Messi”, Ferre told The New York Times , “And I know because he told me.”
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Lionel Messi may very well win his record seventh Ballon d’Or on Monday, which would be two more than Ronaldo’s five. Messi is 34 years old and has recently joined one of the richest clubs in the world at Paris Saint-Germain. Ronaldo is two years older (36) and recently also switched clubs to Manchester United, which is experiencing some problems after a difficult start to the season and a change of manager.
This is how Ronaldo responded to Ferré’s comment in an Instagram post that also addressed his absence from the gala event held at a Paris theater on Monday. The following is the translated text of the comments posted in Portuguese to his 371 million followers on Instagram:
“Today’s evolution explains Pascal Ferre’s statements last week, when he stated that I trusted him that my only ambition was to finish my career with more Ballons d’Or than Lionel Messi. Pascal Ferre lied, he used my name to promote himself and to promote the publication you work for.
“It is unacceptable that the person responsible for awarding such a prestigious award could lie in this way, with absolute disrespect to someone who has always respected France Football and the Ballon d’Or.
And he lied again today, justifying my absence from the Gala with a supposed quarantine that does not have to exist.
“I always congratulate whoever wins, with the sportsmanship and fair play that have guided my career from the beginning, and I do it because I am never against anyone.
“I always win for myself and for the clubs I represent. I win for myself and for those who love me. I don’t beat anyone.
“The greatest ambition of my career is to win national and international titles for the clubs I represent and for the national team. The greatest ambition of my career is to be a good example for all those who are or want to be professional footballers.” The greatest ambition of my career is to leave my name written in gold letters in the history of world football.
“I end by saying that my attention is already on the next Manchester United game and on everything that, together with my teammates and our fans, we can still achieve this season. The rest? The rest is just the rest …”
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.