Cristiano Ronaldo told Piers Morgan he wanted more Ballon d'Or gongs than Messi before slamming France Football's 'lies'

CRISTIANO RONALDO told journalist and TV host Piers Morgan he wanted to 'win the most golden balls in the history of football' in 2019.

The Manchester United star is fuming with France Football after its editor Pascal Ferre claimed Ronaldo had revealed to him his only career goal was to win more Ballons d'Or gongs than Messi.

Ronaldo hit back with a fiery statement on Instagram, saying Ferre 'lied' to 'promote his publication'.

France Football are the organisers behind the star-studded awards night.

The five-time winner did not attend the ceremony that saw arch-rival Messi collect his SEVENTH trophy, two ahead of Ronaldo.

When quizzed by Morgan on what records he wanted to set before retiring, Ronaldo told ITV in 2019: "The most golden balls in the history of football.

"I will love it and I think I deserve it. Messi is a fantastic guy and a fantastic player, but I think after I have six, or seven, or eight then I’ll be more above him."

After Ferre made his statement on what Ronaldo allegedly told him, the Manchester United star released a a feisty statement.


The United star wrote: "Today's outcome explains why Pascal Ferre's statements last week, when he said that I confided in him that my only ambition was to finish my career with more Ballons d'Or than Lionel Messi.

"Pascal Ferre lied, he used my name to promote himself and to promote the publication he works for.

"It is unacceptable that the person responsible for awarding such a prestigious prize could lie in this way, in absolute disrespect for someone who has always respected France Football and the Ballon d'Or.

"And he lied again today, justifying my absence from the Gala with an alleged quarantine that has no reason to exist."

The biggest ambition of my career is to leave my name written in golden letters in the history of world football.

Ronaldo's statement continued: "I always want to congratulate those who win, within the sportsmanship and fair-play that have guided my career since the beginning, and I do it because I'm 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.

"The biggest ambition of my career is to win national and international titles for the clubs I represent and for the national team in 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 golden letters in the history of world football.

"I will end by saying that my focus is already on Manchester United's next game and on everything that, together with my team-mates and our fans, we can still achieve this season.

"The rest? The rest is just the rest…"

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