This weekend the statements of Pascal Ferré, editor of the prestigious magazine, went viral France Football, who had leaked an alleged confession of Cristiano Ronaldo. The French, one of those responsible for the organization of the Golden Ball, He said that the Manchester United player had the goal of his career to retire with more awards than Lionel Messi, something that did not sit well with him. CR7, which was downloaded this Monday.
Just after it was confirmed that the Portuguese striker will be absent from the gala in which the winner of the award for the best footballer of the season will be known, a statement was published on his social media profiles. There, the 36-year-old forward took aim directly at Ferré, whom he called a liar.
“Today’s outcome explains why Pascal Ferré’s statements last week, when he said that I trusted him that my only ambition was to finish my career with more Ballon d’Or than Lionel Messi. PAscal Ferré lied, he used my name to promote himself and promote the publication he works for. It is unacceptable that the person responsible for awarding such a prestigious award could lie in this way, in absolute disrespect to someone who has always respected the France Football and the Ballon d’Or. And he lied again today, justifying my absence from the Gala with a supposed quarantine that doesn’t have to exist ”.
In the statement you can see Ronaldo’s anger, who took the opportunity to make his position clear: “I always want to congratulate those who win, within the sportsmanship and fair play that have guided my career from the beginning, and I do it because I never I am against nobody. I always win for myself and for the clubs I represent, I win for myself and for those who love me. I don’t beat anyone. The greatest 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 greatest ambition of my career is to be a good example for all those who are or want to be professional footballers. The greatest ambition of my career is to leave my name written in gold letters in the history of world football”.
With this, the former Real Madrid footballer tried to end the controversy that arose after Ferré’s statements, who in dialogue with The New York Times had said: “Ronaldo only has one ambition and that is to retire with more Ballon d’Or than Messi and I know it because he told me so”.
This happens shortly before the start of the 2021 gala of the popular award that is awarded this Monday in the Châtelet Theater from Paris. Several of the best footballers on the planet will attend there, with the exception of stars like Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema, whose absences expose the defeat of both. The world press speculates what a victory for Lionel messi or from Robert Lewandowski.
The Argentine could reach his seventh award, something unprecedented in the history of world football, while the Pole seeks his first coronation, after in 2020, when he was the highest contender, the coronavirus pandemic forced the event to be canceled. For its part, Christian Ronaldo is one of the 30 nominees and already has five of these trophies in his windows (2008, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017).
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