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Cristiano Ronaldo lashes out at Ballon d’Or chief after Lionel Messi claim, says he is not desperate to land more Ballon d’Ors than Messi

The 36-year-old forward, who scored 46 goals in 59 games for club and country last season, was not present for the annual event in Paris on Monday as great rival Lionel Messi secured his 7th Ballon d'Or.

Cristiano Ronaldo on Monday lashed out at France Football editor-in-chief Pascal Ferre for claiming that the Portuguese had told him that he wished to retire with more Ballon d’Ors than the Argentine superstar Lionel Messi.

Ferre had earlier told the media that Ronaldo has only one ambition and that is to retire with more Ballons d’Or than Messi. He claimed that he knows because Ronaldo had told him about this, Ferre said. Rejecting his claim Ronaldo says he is not desperate to land more Ballon d’Ors than Messi.

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The 36-year-old forward, who scored 46 goals in 59 games for club and country last season, was not present for the annual event in Paris on Monday as great rival Lionel Messi secured his 7th Ballon d’Or.

He also dismissed speculation that he did not attend the ceremony to quarantine because of Covid-19.

For the first time since 2007, the former Real Madrid and Juventus player did not feature in France Football’s top three. Instead, Robert Lewandowski and Jorginho finished behind eventual winner Messi.

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Ronaldo’s no-show was a big talking point throughout the Ballon d’Or event.

A moment involving Cristiano Ronaldo during last night’s Ballon d’Or ceremony has caused controversy amongst fans on social media where some were labelling the on-stage joke as disrespectful.

In fact, during the event, France Football’s decision to show a picture of the 5-time Ballon d’Or winner in a pair of briefs alongside Didier Drogba caused more controversy on social media.

Ronaldo has five Ballon d’Or awards while Messi has seven.

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