Cristiano Ronaldo won his fifth Ballon d’Or in a glamorous global football event organized by France Football on 7 December, 2017 at the prestigious Eiffel Tower.
The famous No. 7 excitedly shared details of his family’s support and revealed that his son Cristiano Ronaldo Jr. has shown determination to achieve even greater heights in the near future, probably against Lionel Messi’s son, too. Who knows?
On stage, the Portugal international footballer said, ‘I see a bit of myself in him [C. Ronaldo Jr.], not because he’s my son…He told me he will be better than me, so I’m setting the bars higher for his sake.
‘He told me he will definitely win a Ballon d’Or and that he will make it five, or even more.’
Ronaldo’s son once angered him for saying he’d love to be a goalkeeper instead.
About the successful outing in Paris, France, Ronaldo said he dreamt of winning one more but knew it wouldn’t be easy.
‘It all started after I won one, then I thought I could win it again and again…I don’t think much about it except maybe in my subconscious mind,’ he said.
‘I am self-motivated and I fight against myself to achieve things. Success doesn’t end with desiring to win or be the best, you have to fight for what you want.’
While critics suggest Ronaldo’s recent dip in form is a sign that his glittering career is coming to an end, the Portugal international says he’s far from getting done.
‘Let them talk but allow me to enjoy the moment. I know that one day my motivation will run out, but I don’t want it to be now,’ he admitted.
‘We should merry and see what happens in the future…but right now I feel motivated and can boast that I am physically good.’
With this victory, the Real Madrid player has equaled his Argentina and Barcelona rival.
Messi has a record five Ballon d’Or trophies to his credit, but as Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane confidently said, Ronaldo is set for a sixth and seventh. The player’s hunger for glory is simply insatiable. And he deserves what he gets.
Here are a few pictures from the memorable event:
Ronaldo was asked about his retirement plans and whether he intends to coach a football team like many football veterans.
‘I can’t answer that question right now but if you insist,’ he said, ‘I don’t see myself as a coach.’
‘Things can change though,’ the former Manchester United winger added, ‘because I am working on lots of future projects.
‘When my football career ends, I would love to try new things.’
Ronaldo won FIFA’s “Best Award” in London last October. He is looking forward to another Ballon d’Or.