New Delhi: Cristiano Ronaldo on Monday put out a lengthy statement on Instagram, blasting France Football editor-in-chief Pascal Ferre for claiming that the Portuguese football had told him that he wished to retire with more Ballon d’Ors than the Argentine superstar Lionel Messi. Ronaldo has hit out at this claim, branding the statement as completely untrue. He says he is not desperate to land more Ballon d’Ors than Messi.Also Read - PSG vs Real Madrid | UEFA Champions League Round of 16: From Lionel Messi to Vinicius Junior- Five Players to Watch Out For
It is noteworthy that currently Ronaldo has five Ballon d’Or awards while Messi has seven. Also Read - Pope Francis Gifts PSG Star Lionel Messi Signed Shirt of Athletica Vaticana
Ronaldo’s Instagram post reads, “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. Pascal Ferré lied, he used my name to promote himself and to promote the publication he works for. Also Read - Real Madrid Star Karim Benzema Slams Lionel Messi's Critics, Says Knows Nothing About Football
“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.”
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Continuing his Instagram post, he added that his greatest ambition is to win the national and international titles for his country and whatever club he represents.
“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…”