Ronaldo
Ronaldo

By Emmanuel Okogba

Cristiano Ronaldo has said he never confided in anyone that his career ambition was to have more Ballon d’Or awards than Lionel Messi as told by Pascal Ferre, the editor in chief of the France Football.

Ronaldo in a lengthy Instagram post also said reports that he was staying away from the awards because of quarantine was a lie. He accused the journalist of using him to promote himself and to promote the publication he works for.

He further stated that his only career ambition was to win national and international titles for the clubs he represents and for the national team in my country.

Ferre told New York Times that Ronaldo confided in him that his only ambition was to retire with more Ballon d’Or than Messi.

Ronaldo wrote: “Today’s outcome explains why Pascal Ferré’s statements last week, when he stated that I confided in him that my only ambition was to finish my career with more Golden Balls than Lionel Messi.

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“Pascal Ferré lied, he used my name to promote himself and to promote the publication he works for. It is unacceptable that the person responsible for awarding such a prestigious prize could lie in this way, in absolute disrespect for someone who has always respected France Football and the Ballon d’Or. And he lied again today, justifying my absence from the Gala with an alleged quarantine that has no reason to exist.

“I always want to congratulate those who win, within the sportsmanship and fair-play that have guided my career since the beginning, and I do it because I’m 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 win against anyone.

“The biggest ambition of my career is to win national and international titles for the clubs I represent and for the national team in my country. The biggest ambition of my career is to be a good example for all those who are or want to be professional footballers. The biggest ambition of my career is to leave my name written in golden letters in the history of world football.

“I will end by saying that my focus is already on Manchester United’s next game and on everything that, together with my team-mates and our fans, we can still achieve this season. The rest? the rest is just the rest…”

A total of 30 footballers are vying for the 2021 Ballon d’Or with reports saying Messi is favoured to win.

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