Cristiano Ronaldo responds to France Football editor-in-chief’s claim for Ballon d’Or and Messi – .

Cristiano Ronaldo responds to France Football editor-in-chief’s claim for Ballon d’Or and Messi – .

Cristiano Ronaldo did not mince his words in responding to comments made by the editor-in-chief of France Football, the French weekly which has been organizing the Ballon d’Or since 1956, which rewards the best footballers in the world.

In a report on the Ballon d’Or 2021, which takes place at a gala in Paris on Monday, Pascal Ferré said that Ronaldo had “only one ambition”: to win more player of the year awards than its longtime rival for the bigger one. awards in world football.

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

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Lionel Messi won his record seventh Ballon d’Or, two more than the five won by Ronaldo, who finished sixth in the 2021 poll. Messi is 34 years old and after winning the 2021 Copa America with Argentina, he joined one of the richest clubs in the world at Paris Saint-Germain. Ronaldo is two years older (36) and he also recently changed clubs for Manchester United, which are currently in upheaval after a difficult start to the season and a change of management.

Here’s how Ronaldo responded to Ferre’s comment in an Instagram post that also addressed his absence at the gala held Monday at a Paris theater. The following is the translated text of comments posted in Portuguese to his 371 million Instagram followers:

“Today’s development explains Pascal Ferré’s statements last week, when he declared that I had confided to him that my only ambition was to end 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 for which he works.

“It is unacceptable that the person responsible for awarding such a prestigious award could lie like this, with an absolute lack of respect for someone who has always respected France Football and the Ballon d’Or.

“And he lied again today, justifying my absence from the Gala by an alleged quarantine which has no reason to exist.

“I always congratulate whoever wins, with the sportsmanship and fair play that have guided my career from the start, 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 of 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 greatest ambition of my career is to leave my name inscribed in letters of gold in the history of world football.

“I close by saying that my focus is already on the next Manchester United game and everything that, with my teammates and fans, we can still achieve this season. The rest ? The rest is just the rest… ”

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