Cristiano Ronaldo, a Manchester United player, has accused France Football editor-in-chief Pascal Ferre of lying about his desire to win more Ballon d’Or awards than Lionel Messi.
France Football is the publication responsible for bestowing the prestigious individual football award.
In an interview with Marca, the editor, Ferre, stated, “Ronaldo has one goal in mind: to retire with more Ballon d’Or [awards] than Messi. I know this because he told me.”
Ronaldo denied the allegations, claiming that Ferre was using him to promote his name and publication.
He has now launched a furious Instagram post criticising Ferre after his claims.”Today’s outcome explains why Pascal Ferré’s statements last week, when he said that I confided in him that my only ambition was to finish my career with more Golden Balls than Lionel Messi,” he started.
“Pascal Ferré lied, he used my name to promote himself and to promote the publication he works for. It is unacceptable that the person responsible for awarding such a prestigious prize could lie in this way, in absolute disrespect for someone who has always respected France Football and the Ballon d’Or. And he lied again today when justifying my absence from the Gala with an alleged quarantine that has no reason to exist.
“I always want to congratulate those who win, within the sportsmanship and fair-play that have guided my career since the beginning, and I do it because I’m never against anyone. I always win for myself and for the clubs I represent, I win for myself and for those who love me. I don’t win against anyone.
“The biggest ambition of my career is to win national and international titles for the clubs I represent and for the national team in my country. The biggest ambition of my career is to be a good example for all those who are or want to be professional footballers. The biggest ambition of my career is to leave my name written in golden letters in the history of world football.”