“I don’t chase records. Records chase me.”
Manchester United’s star Cristiano Ronaldo has contrasted with the Ballon d’Or organizer and editor-in-chief of France Football Pascal Ferre’s comment on him.
When Pascal talked about Ronaldo’s ambition to retire with more Ballon d’Or than Messi, Ronaldo slammed his comments. Well, Ronaldo stated that Pascal lied about it and used the statement to promote his publication.
Altogether, Cristiano Ronaldo took his Instagram account to post how he is not against any player winning the trophy.
What Exactly is Going On?
Well, a few days ahead, the Ballon d’Or organizer and editor-in-chief of France Football Pascal Ferre had an interview with the New York Times. During it, he stated that Ronaldo wished to win more Ballon d’Or than Messi.
As a matter of fact, Cristiano Ronaldo has five Ballon d’Or to date and is currently is favorite to win the 2021 edition. Besides it, Pascal added that Cristiano wouldn’t be attending the event this time as he was quarantined due to Covid-19.
“Ronaldo has only one ambition, and that is to retire with more Ballons d’Or than Messi. I know that because he has told me.”
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Cristiano Ronaldo’s Response
All in all, Cristiano Ronaldo took his stance to deny the statements Pascal Ferre told. Well, he uploaded through his Instagram post before the announcement of winners, which read the below.
“Today’s outcome explains why Pascal Ferre’s statements last week when he said that I confided in him that my only ambition was to finish my career with more Ballons d’Or 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.
I always want to congratulate those who win, with the sportsmanship and fair play that has 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. Also, 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…biggest ambition of my job 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.”