Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed the one record in which he wants to beat rival Lionel Messi.
In one of his most revealing interviews ever, Ronaldo opened up to Piers Morgan about his family, his career and also some of the controversies that have threatened to derail his rise to the top.
He also spoke about his rivalry with Messi, with the two greats having carved up the Ballon d’Or awards between them for 10 years in a row, before Real Madrid’s Luka Modric won it last year.
Ronaldo’s rivalry with Messi began in La Liga, where they were pitched against each other playing for Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively.
Two of the greatest footballers in history, they divide football fans in the debate over who is the best on the planet.
Ronaldo has won five Champions League titles to Messi’s four, but the little genius has claimed 10 La Liga crowns with Barcelona, while his rival has won six with Manchester United, Madrid and Juventus.
But they are tied on five Ballon d’Or awards each – and this is the arena where Ronaldo really wants to best his great adversary.
Asked by Morgan with which record he would like to beat Messi, Ronaldo replied: “Golden Balls (Ballon d’Or).
“I would love it and I think I deserve it.”
He described Messi as “a fantastic guy, fantastic player”, saying: “Messi’s in the history of football – but I think I have to have six or seven or eight to be above him.
“I’m sure I’m in the history of football for what I have done and what I’m continuing to do, but one of the best players in history. For me, the number one in history, but for some fans, if the number one is another one and I’m second, it doesn’t matter.
“I know I’m in the history of football as one of the greatest ever.”