Cristiano Ronaldo expressed hopes of winning another Champions League trophy shortly after scoring against Borussia Dortmund, and is more importantly, anxious to lay hands on his fifth Ballon d’Or trophy today.
The Portugal international footballer contributed to Real Madrid’s landmark double-double achieved in 2017: the La Liga and Champions League trophies. He also led the Portuguese team to a successful European Championships, and was prominent in his country’s campaign for a 2018 World Cup ticket.
For the achievements, Ronaldo was widely speculated to be this year’s recipient of football’s highest individual award, which he also won in 2008, 2013, 2014 and 2016. A successful outing today will equal Lionel Messi’s record 5 times.
The award-winning ceremony will hold in Paris, France on Thursday 7 December, 2017.
Ronaldo is set to receive his crown in a monumental scenery organized by France Football. We are sure he will, because he knows he will.
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“Ronaldo is human just like us but he is very different at times. He has no limits, really,” said coach Zinedine Zidane.
“The fact that he’s going to win his fifth Ballon d’Or explains what everyone knows about him. He’s simply amazing and truly deserves it as well. I’m sure Ronaldo will win his fifth Ballon d’Or today.”
He added, “I am not surprised that he wants more and more. He has the ambition to win a sixth, seventh and even more of this trophy.”
The Eiffel Tower, one of the most of one photographed places in the world, will play host to football fans, reporters, dignitaries and a large number of footballers in today’s memorable sports event.
The scenario will resemble that of yearly French Open tennis winners’ celebrations next to the famous Paris monument.
While all roads leads to the French capital for Ronaldo’s record-breaking football event, the Portuguese player who added another CL goal to his portfolio said on Wednesday that he hopes Real Madrid will enjoy another wonderful season.
“I have hopes that Los Blancos can win the Champions League again,” the player who has scored in every CL match this season said with a dash of doubts.
“My ambition for the club is that we first pass through the group stage. Then we can aim at winning the Champions League trophy.
“I really enjoy playing at the global league competitions. And obviously, I love to score in it. The feeling is indescribable.
“I am happy we finished the group stage, and even happier that I scored a beautiful goal and helped the team win.
“Apart from the record, I am really pleased,” he added.
Real Madrid won 3-2 against Borussia Dortmund in the encounter and Ronaldo’s goal crowned him as the first man ever to score in all six Champions League group stage matches.
“Ronaldo is one of our great symbols,” said Real president Florentino Perez.
Los Blancos are 4th with 28 points on the Liga table, 8 points behind leaders Barcelona.