Juventus striker Cristiano Ronaldo said he deserves to finish his football career with more Golden Balls than his Barcelona rival Lionel Messi, and that he hopes to consolidate himself as the best player of all time.
Cristiano, 34, has won the famous France Football magazine trophy for the world’s best player five times, the same as Messi, but is anxious to get more as he moves towards the end of his career.
“Messi is in the history of football,” Ronaldo said in an interview with British broadcaster ITV on Tuesday. “But I think I need six, seven or eight to be above him,” he said, referring to the Golden Ball trophies.
“I’d love to, I think I deserve it.
The Portugal captain said he was no friend of the Argentinian, but he gave his opponent credit for helping him progress in his own career.
“My relationship with him is that we’re not friends, but we’ve shared this stage for 15 years,” Ronaldo said. “I know he has pushed me to be a better player and I have pushed him to be a better player too.
Ronaldo, who also played for Manchester United and Real Madrid, has five UEFA Champions League medals and led Portugal to victory in the 2016 UEFA European Championship and the 2019 UEFA Nations League.
“I don’t follow the records, the records follow me. I’m addicted to success, and I don’t think it’s a bad thing, I think it’s a good thing,” Ronaldo said.
“It motivates me. If you’re not motivated, it’s better to stop.