Ballon d’Or in play as Cristiano Ronaldo bears down on Lionel Messi
Cristiano Ronaldo heads to Saturday’s Champions League final against Juventus on the brink of realising a burning ambition of matching Lionel Messi’s record of winning the Ballon d’Or five times. “I want to catch Messi,” Ronaldo confessed when collecting his third World Player of the Year crown back in 2015.
Now the Portuguese has four to his name, but Messi still remains one step ahead with five. The two have dominated the award for the past decade in the battle to not just be considered the best of their generation, but among the best of all time.
Yet, whilst Juventus’s stubborn defence forced Messi to fire blanks in a 3-0 quarter-final aggregate win for the Italians over Barcelona, Ronaldo can complete another stellar season by ensuring Madrid become the first side to retain the Champions League.
“I am aware of the fact that what I’ve done in football has already left and will continue to leave a mark,” Ronaldo told UEFA.com. “I haven’t broken so many records by accident. That’s not an obsession for me, but I do like breaking them.”
Ronaldo has already added his name to more record books during this season’s Champions League. His hat-trick against Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals …read more