Ballon d’Or 2021: Cristiano Ronaldo slams France Football editor for comments involving Lionel Messi

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MONACO, MONACO - AUGUST 29: Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus greets Lionel Messi of Barcelona during the UEFA Champions League Draw, part of the UEFA European Club Football Season Kick-Off 2019/2020 at Salle des Princes, Grimaldi Forum on August 29, 2019 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Valerio Pennicino - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

Cristiano Ronaldo has issued a direct statement to Pascal Ferre, editor-in-chief of France Football magazine, stating that the only goal of the Manchester United striker is to end his career with more Ballon d’Or medals than Lionel Messi, the Portuguese star. he vehemently denied.

Ferre was branded unacceptable by Cristiano, who also claimed that the French football official was lying in his statement, in order to benefit in Ronaldo’s name.

Ferre told the New York Times: “Ronaldo has only one ambition, which is to retire with more Ballon d’Or than Messi …. And I know that because he told me.”

As it happens, Ronaldo is absent from Monday night’s Ballon d’Or event with an award organized by France Football.

Ronaldo’s statement

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 Ferre 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 teammates and our fans, we can still achieve this season. The rest? The rest is just the rest…

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