The Portuguese star bagged his fifth golden ball on Thursday to equal his great rival Lionel Messi’s haul – and says he son wants to emulate him. CRISTIANO RONALDO has revealed his son reckons he can be even better than him. The Portuguese star bagged his fifth golden ball on Thursday to equal his great rival Lionel Messi’s haul.
Ron’s son Cristiano Jr was in attendance for the Eiffel Tower bash, along with girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez. After scooping the award, Ronaldo gave a candid interview with David Ginola on his life at home. He said: “I see a bit of myself in [Cristiano Ronaldo Junior], and not only because he’s my son. He told me he will be better than me.
“He tells me he will win a Ballon d’Or and that he can win five. “I dreamt of winning one, but I knew it would be difficult. Since I won one, I thought another was possible. “However, he insisted that he did not consider the rivalry with the Barcelona ace in his fight for the trophy. “I don’t think about it much, although maybe subconsciously. My motivation is myself, I fight against myself to overcome myself.
“I always want to win, to be the best and you have to fight.” “I’m enjoying the moment, one day my motivation will run out, but I don’t want it to be now. “We will see what happens in the future, but now I feel motivated and physically good.”
When asked what he would like for Christmas, father-of-three Ron quipped that another sprog might be on his list. Ronaldo, 32, said: “Another baby… no it’s a joke, we’re going to enjoy the four of us, I want seven golden balls and seven children”.
PSG forward Neymar was also in the top three alongside Ronaldo and Messi. He was voted as the winner of the award, which recognises Europe’s best player on behalf of France Football magazine, for the second year running by a group of 173 journalists from across the planet.
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It caps off what has been a memorable year for the former Manchester United man. On the pitch, he helped Madrid to win La Liga and retain the Champions League.
Messi, who has dominated the Ballon d’Or with Ronaldo since he first the latter first claimed the prize in 2008, finished in second place. His former Barcelona team-mate Neymar finished in third-place.