Juventus striker Cristiano Ronaldo has stated that he deserves to end his career with more balloon d'Or prizes than Barcelona's Lionel Messi.
The 34-year-old Ronaldo has won the prestigious title France Football Magazine trophy for the world's top five player – as many as Messi – but he's eager for more as he moves into the twilight of his career.
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"Messi's in the history of football," Ronaldo said on Tuesday in an interview with British broadcaster ITV about Piers Morgan.
"But I think I have to have six, seven, or eight to be above him," he said, referring to the balloon d'Or awards.
"I would love it, I think I deserve it."
The Portuguese captain said he was not a friend of the Argentine, but attributed to his rival that he had helped him advance his own career.
"My relationship with him is we are not friends, but we have shared this stage for 15 years," said Ronaldo. "I know he made me a better player and I made him a better player."
Ronaldo, who also played for Manchester United and Real Madrid, has won five Champions League medals and led Portugal to victory at the 2016 European and 2019 Nations Cup tournaments.
"I do not follow the record keeping records I'm addicted to success, and I do not think it's a bad thing. " I think it's good, "said Ronaldo.
" It motivates me. If you are not motivated, it is better to stop. "