I'm the best player in history: Cristiano Ronaldo after winning fifth Ballon d'Or

Updated: Dec 09, 2017, 13:03 IST | Agencies

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has branded himself the greatest player in the history of the game. He picked up his fifth Ballon d'Or on Thursday, equalling the record of his great rival Lionel Messi

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has branded himself the greatest player in the history of the game. He picked up his fifth Ballon d'Or on Thursday, equalling the record of his great rival Lionel Messi.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo was the runaway winner of the gong, picking up the prize for the second year in succession. "I'm the best player in history, in the good moments and the bad ones," he was quoted saying by Goal.com. "I respect everyone's preferences, but I've never seen anyone better than me. I have always thought that. No footballer can do the things I can. There's no player more complete than me. I play well with both feet, I'm quick, powerful, good with the head, I score goals, I make assists. There are guys who prefer Neymar or Messi. But I tell you: there's no-one more complete than me.

"No-one has won as many individual trophies as me. And I'm not speaking just of the Ballon d'Or. That says something, doesn't it? To be at the top and to stay there, you have to have more talent than the others."

Ronaldo admitted that at one stage of his career he was "demotivated" and did not even want to go to the ceremonies when Messi was getting the better of him on an annual basis.

"I won the Ballon d'Or before Messi, then he overtook me and won four in a row," he said. "I'm not going to hide from you that I was sad and angry. I went to the award ceremonies and I never won. At one point, I was even demotivated. I had no desire to go. To be there for the photo didn't interest me.

"Then, little by little, thanks to those close to me, I told myself that in life there is a beginning and an end. And in football what counts is the finish, not the start. I was patient. And I won four other Ballons d'Or."

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'My son wants to win Ballon d’Or'

Cristiano Ronaldo said his son wants to win the Ballon d'. "I see a bit of myself in (Cristiano Ronaldo Jr), and not only because he's my son," Ronaldo said. "He told me he will be better than me. He tells me he will win five Ballon d'Or awards."

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