Manchester United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has criticised the editor of France Football who claimed his only ambition is to “retire with more Ballons d’Or than Lionel Messi”.
Ronaldo took to Instagram to slam Pascal Ferre for saying: "Ronaldo has only one ambition and that is to retire with more Ballon d'Or [awards] than Messi. I know because he has told me.”
According to Ronaldo, Ferre simply used the Portuguese stars’ name to promote himself.
"Today's outcome explains the comments by Pascal Ferré last week, when he stated that I confided in him that my only ambition was to finish my career with more Ballons d'Or than Lionel Messi," a Ronaldo statement said, as quoted by Sky Sports.
"Pascal Ferré lied and used my name to promote himself and to promote the publication that he works for. It's unacceptable for the person responsible for handing out such a prestigious award to lie in this way and to show disrespect to someone who has always respected France Football and the Ballon d'Or. He lied again today to justify my absence from the ceremony due to an alleged quarantine that has no reason to exist.
"My biggest ambition in my career is to win trophies at club and international level, for the clubs that I play for and my national team. My biggest ambition in my career is to set a good example for everyone who is or wants to be a professional footballer. My biggest ambition in my career is to have my name written in gold in world football history.
"I'll finish up by saying that my focus is already on Manchester United's next game and everything that we can still achieve this season alongside my teammates and our fans. As for the rest, the rest is just that…"
Meanwhile, the 36-year-old will be preparing for Arsenal’s Premier League visit at Old Trafford on Thursday.