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December 6, 2023

Cristiano Ronaldo Rubbishes France Football Editor’s Claims

Written By Jacobs Dunga 

Pascal Ferre in an interview with the New York Times just before the Ballon d’Or ceremony in Paris revealed that Ronaldo had confided in him about his top ambition as a footballer.

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The Manchester United attacker has taken to social media to respond to the derogatory and defaming remarks made by the editor of France Football, organizers of the Ballon d’Or that he had disclosed to him about him ambition to finish his career with more Golden Balls thank eternal rival, Lionel Messi.


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Ferré told the New York Times: “Ronaldo has only one ambition and that is to retire with more Ballon d’Or [awards] than Messi. I know because he has told me.”

The 36 year old five time winner of the award has immediately taken to his Instagram page to deny those reports and revealed his displeasure at the height of misconduct displayed by the editor.

“Today’s outcome explains the comments by Pascal Ferré last week, when he stated that I confided in him that my only ambition was to finish my career with more Ballons d’Or than Lionel Messi,” a Ronaldo statement said.

“Pascal Ferré lied and used my name to promote himself and to promote the publication that he works for. It’s unacceptable for the person responsible for handing out such a prestigious award to lie in this way and to show disrespect to someone who has always respected France Football and the Ballon d’Or. He lied again today to justify my absence from the ceremony due to an alleged quarantine that has no reason to exist”

“I always congratulate whoever wins, in tandem with the sportsmanship and fair play that have underpinned my career since the start and I do that because I’m never against anyone. I always win for myself and for the clubs that I represent. I win for myself and for those who love me. I don’t win against anyone.”

Ronaldo added: “My biggest ambition in my career is to win trophies at club and international level, for the clubs that I play for and my national team. My biggest ambition in my career is to set a good example for everyone who is or wants to be a professional footballer. My biggest ambition in my career is to have my name written in gold in world football history.

“I’ll finish up by saying that my focus is already on Manchester United’s next game and everything that we can still achieve this season alongside my teammates and our fans. As for the rest, the rest is just that…”

Ronaldo did miss the event in Paris while Messi won his seventh Golden Ball.

Meanwhile…

Real Madrid veteran midfielder, Luka Modric could be considering a return to the Premier League with Manchester City with his contract at the capital club set to expire in the summer.

Modric last appeared in the Premier League for Tottenham Hotspur back in 2012 before leaving for Madrid in a £30m deal after four years at the North London club.

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He is now considering joining Manchester City with the hope of moving to their MLS franchise New York City Fc later on according to Spanish outlet SuperDeporte.

Talks of a new contract with Real Madrid are presently at a halt. Modric made 159 appearances for Spurs before making the move to Spain in the summer of 2012.

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