Real Madrid and Portugal superstar Cristiano Ronaldo makes a stunning claim despite the five-time Ballon d’Or winning star’s form this season.
Between Argentina superstar Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, the two players have dominated world football for the last decade with their exploits with Barcelona and Real Madrid/Manchester United respectively. The two have made an individual trophy their personal plaything, winning five Ballon d’Ors a piece since Kaka last won the prestigious award in 2007.
But while Ronaldo did develop his skills at both Sporting Cp and Manchester United, it is at the Santiago Bernabeu with Real Madrid that the Portuguese star really evolved into one of the best players, world football has ever seen. The 33-year-old moved to Real Madrid in 2008 and enjoyed the best years of his career so far with the Los Blancos winning everything possible and forming an incredible rivalry with Lionel Messi.
However, in an interview with Nike recently the Portuguese legend has gone on to say “In the beginning, I was dreaming to be best player in the world. Friends of mine [would] look at me like: ‘What are you talking about? I played for fun, for a joke, but in my mind that potential started in Manchester, that’s when I started to believe.
I don’t see many people with my talent, dedication, my work, my ethic, my football. No one is going to be compared with me; no one is going to be Cristiano Ronaldo. You’re going to be yourself, I’m going to be myself.”
While the 33-year-old did struggle at the start of the season, scoring only four goals in his first 19 appearances, things have certainly changed since then. Since the win over PSG in the first leg, where Ronaldo went on to score two goals, the Portugal star has found the back of the net 12 times in just six appearances, including a massive four-goal haul against Girona FC.
With Cristiano Ronaldo being linked with moves to Manchester United, PSG, and even his former club Sporting Lisbon, this season could be the last the Portuguese international spends at the Bernabeu. But if he keeps playing at a level only he and Lionel Messi know about, then maybe things could be different come next season, but time is certainly not on his side.