Lionel Messi wins record-breaking seventh title after Cristiano Ronaldo calls event organizer a ‘liar’
VSristiano Ronaldo launched a fierce attack on one of the main organizers of the Ballon d’Or, calling him a “liar” for claiming that his only footballing ambition was to win the coveted honor more than Lionel Messi.
Ronaldo was a notable absent from Monday’s glitzy Paris gala in which the 65th Ballon d’Or winner was announced.
But the Portuguese star made sure he was still the star of the evening by issuing a statement hours before the winner was confirmed, criticizing France Football editor-in-chief Pascal Ferré, whose magazine oversees the annual event. .
Earlier this week, Ferré told the New York Times: “Ronaldo has only one ambition, and that is to retire with more Ballons d’Or than Messi, and I know that because he told me. ‘said.”
This elicited a furious reaction from the five-time winner.
“Today’s result explains Pascal Ferré’s statements last week, when he declared that I had confided to him that my only ambition was to end my career with more Ballon d’Or than Lionel Messi”, posted Ronaldo on Instagram.
“Pascal Ferre lied, he used my name to promote himself and to promote the publication for which he works.
“It is unacceptable that the person responsible for awarding such a prestigious award could lie like this, with complete disrespect for someone who has always respected France Football and the Ballon d’Or.
“The biggest ambition of my career is to win national and international titles for the clubs I represent and for the national team of 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. The biggest ambition of my career is to leave my name written in letters of gold in the history of football worldwide. “
Ronaldo was a second-half substitute in his club’s 1-1 Premier League draw at Chelsea on Sunday afternoon, and he also criticized claims that his absence was due to quarantine or that he was a sore loser.
“He (Ferre) lied again today, justifying my absence from the gala by an alleged quarantine which has no reason to exist,” continued the player’s Instagram post.
“I always want to congratulate those who win, in the sportsmanship and fair play that guided my career from the start, and I do it because I am never against anyone.
“I always win for myself and for the clubs I represent, I win for myself and for those who love me. I don’t win against anyone.”