Pascal Ferre, editor-in-chief of France Football – the respected publication that decides the award – claims the Manchester United striker “told” him his end goals before ending his playing days.
“Ronaldo has only one ambition, and that is to retire with more Ballons d’Or than Messi,” Ferré told the New York Times. “And I know because he told me. “
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Ronaldo, 36, has won the Ballon d’Or five times to Messi’s six before this year’s award was announced and both are among the favorites to win it again.
The Ballon d’Or remains the most distinguished individual award for a player in world football, with this year’s announcement scheduled for Monday.
Rumors about the identity of the potential winner continue to spread, but Ferre insists that this remains a well-kept secret and that any speculation must be ignored – even if he already knows who won.
“This is my sixth year at the helm of the event,” he said. “I haven’t made a mistake yet. ”
“I don’t want to lie,” he added. “I can’t share their name because the winners don’t know it yet, and it wouldn’t be fair if they weren’t the first to find out. “
You can watch a free livestream from the 2021 Ballon d’Or ceremony on eurosport.co.uk and the Eurosport app on Monday evening. Join us from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. GMT as the best male and female players on the planet are crowned in Paris (stream only available for UK users)
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