Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo has hit back at a “disrespectful” claim that his solely remaining ambition is to win the Ballon d’Or extra occasions than Lionel Messi.
Paris Saint-Germain ahead Messi received the celebrated award for a seventh time on Monday.
Ronaldo, who completed sixth on this 12 months’s voting, has earned the Ballon d’Or 5 occasions.
The Ballon d’Or, given to one of the best female and male footballers of the 12 months, is voted on by 180 journalists and introduced by France Football.
Pascal Ferre, the editor in chief of France Football, was quoted within the New York Times lately saying Ronaldo advised him his main motivation was to retire having received the accolade extra usually than his previous rival Messi.
Ronaldo, 36, took to Instagram to deny that suggestion.
“Today’s consequence explains Pascal Ferre’s statements final week, when he mentioned that I confided in him that my solely ambition was to end my profession with extra Ballon d’Ors than Lionel Messi,” Ronaldo wrote.
“Pascal Ferre lied, he used my identify to promote himself and to promote the publication he works for.
“It is unacceptable that the particular person accountable for awarding such a prestigious prize might lie on this means, in absolute disrespect for somebody who has at all times revered France Football and the Ballon d’Or.
“The greatest ambition of my profession is to win nationwide and worldwide titles for the golf equipment I characterize and for the nationwide crew in my nation.
“The greatest ambition of my profession is to be a great instance for all those that are or need to be skilled footballers.
“The greatest ambition of my profession is to depart my identify written in golden letters within the historical past of world soccer.”
Ronaldo, who didn’t attend Monday’s prize-giving occasion in Paris, final received the Ballon d’Or in 2017.
This 12 months marked the primary time the previous Juventus and Real Madrid striker completed outdoors the highest 5 voting since 2010.
Messi’s seventh success prolonged his lead within the male class after he set the document together with his sixth in 2019.
Barcelona and Spain midfielder Alexia Putellas received the 2021 ladies’s Ballon d’Or.