Ronaldo disputes Ballon d’Or ‘lies’ about outdoing Messi

Cristiano Ronaldo has accused the France Football editor of lying after he said that Cristiano Ronaldo’s only goal in life was to win more Ballon d’Or awards than Lionel Messi.

The remark was made to the New York Times by Pascal Ferre, the organizer of the Ballon d’Or.

On Monday, Barcelona’s Lionel Messi won his seventh Ballon d’Or, with five-time winner Cristiano Ronaldo coming in sixth.

“I always win for myself and the clubs I represent,” Ronaldo stated of his time with Manchester United.

“I triumph for myself and those that care about me.” “I don’t win when I’m up against someone.”

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

“Pascal Ferre lied, he used my name to promote himself and the publication he works for,” Ronaldo commented on social media.

“It’s inexcusable that the person in charge of awarding such a renowned medal could lie in this manner, showing complete disdain for someone who has always admired France Football and the Ballon d’Or.”

“My greatest career aim is to win national and international trophies for the clubs I represent as well as for my country’s national team.”

“My greatest ambition in life is to have my name etched in gold letters in the annals of world football.”

The Ballon d’Or, which is given to the finest footballer of the year, is decided by a vote of 180 journalists from across the world and is presented by France Football.

Messi had already won the award more times than any other player, with victories in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, and now 2019.

For the first time since 2010, Ronaldo, who last won the accolade in 2017, fell outside the top five.

From 2008 until 2019, the award was won by either Messi or Ronaldo, with the exception of 2018, when Croatia player Luka Modric won.

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