Cristiano Ronaldo praises Messi
Cristiano Ronaldo is a legendary footballer in his own right, but he’s admitted he’d love to have a trait of Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.
Speaking before tonight’s Ballon D’Or ceremony, Ronaldo revealed his Barcelona counterpart was a strong contender for the award.
“If I’m here it’s because I deserve it and because of the season I had, because of my individual performances,” he said. “Maybe Messi or Neymar has a better chance, but I am here for a reason. Coaches and captains have voted for me. I would not be surprised if one of the others wins. I know that on a team level things are different.
“I don’t feel pressure to win the Ballon d’Or. I am just happy to be here again. It is an honor.”
He added: “Messi’s left foot is very good — I would like to have that.”
“Some of the most important words in my life are dedication and hard work. You have to be a professional and be serious. It is not a coincidence that I am here for the eighth time,” he said. “We all have talent, but talent without the work is nothing. So I am pleased to be here. I want to keep breaking records. I love to play football and to break records.
“In the beginning of my career, when I signed for Manchester United, I asked for No. 28. But the coach told me I was going to wear No. 7. I was a bit afraid at first because I knew [David] Beckham had worn that shirt. But I accepted the challenge and it has been my lucky number since. I have won so much with this number.”