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Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo wants to win another Ballon d’Or and has ambitions to overtake Lionel Messi by his retirement


Cristiano Ronaldo’s pursuit to be the greatest footballer on the planet is relentless and it was revealing when he revealed his ambition to want another Ballon d’Or.

The Manchester United forward will go down as one of, if not the greatest player in history, but his Ballons d’Or tally reads differently from his big rival, Lionel Messi.

Messi and Ronaldo dominated the Ballon d’Or and the latter wants one more

Despite Ronaldo’s age, his form is as impressive as ever and is determined to get his hands on the prestigious annual award – awarded to the player considered to be the best in the world – again.

He revealed to Pascal Ferré, the editor-in-chief of France Football, the publication responsible for awarding the Ballon d’Or, that his sole objective is to win more than Messi before hanging up his crampons.

Ferré told the New York Times: “Ronaldo has only one ambition and that is to retire with more Ballon d’Or [awards] than Messi.

“I know because he told me.”

Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo wants to win another Ballon d’Or and has ambitions to overtake Lionel Messi by his retirement

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Ronaldo has won the Ballon d’Or five times, but has not been able to extend that success since 2017

Since the first time either player won the award, the superstar duo had almost a monopoly.

The Portuguese superstar first won it in 2008 and four more times thereafter in 2013, 2014, 2016 with his last success in 2017.

Meanwhile, Messi won his first in 2009 and is currently the last person to win it in 2019 due to the ceremony being canceled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

These incredible talents have won the prestigious honor 11 times and have topped the awards almost every year since 2008.

Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo wants to win another Ballon d’Or and has ambitions to overtake Lionel Messi by his retirement

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Messi is the latest Ballon d’Or winner and could win it again

That said, it could be another year without the award for Ronaldo after social media leaks discovered that the 2021 Ballon d’Or will go to Messi.

If that’s true, it comes as a surprise to many due to the form of Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski who has also had a great year.

The Poland international has scored over 60 goals this year, which is the first time a player has done so since 2014, when Ronaldo achieved that feat.

Unfortunately for him, his scoring skills don’t seem enough as it looks like Messi will win the prestigious award for the seventh time.

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