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Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo wants to win another Ballon d’Or and has the ambition of overtaking Lionel Messi by the time he retires

Cristiano Ronaldo’s pursuit of being the greatest footballer on the planet is unrelenting and it was telling when he revealed his ambition of wanting another Ballon d’Or.

The Manchester United striker will go down as one of the, if not the greatest player in history, but his tally of Golden Balls reads differently to his great rival, Lionel Messi.

Messi and Ronaldo have dominated the Ballon d’Or and the latter still wants one more

Messi and Ronaldo have dominated the Ballon d’Or and the latter still wants one more

Despite Ronaldo’s age, his form is as impressive as ever and is determined to get his hands on the prestigious annual award – given to the player considered the best in the world – again.

He revealed to Pascal Ferre, the editor-in-chief of France Football, the publication responsible for handing out the Ballon d’Or, that he has the single objective of winning more than Messi before he hangs up his boots.

Ferre told the New York Times: “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.”

Ronaldo has won the Ballon d’Or five times, but hasn’t been able to extend that success since 2017

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Ronaldo has won the Ballon d’Or five times, but hasn’t been able to extend that success since 2017

Since the first time either player won the award, the superstar duo have held almost a monopoly.

The Portugal superstar won it for the first time in 2008 and four more times after that in 2013, 2014, 2016 with his last success coming in 2017.

Meanwhile, Messi won his first in 2009 and is currently the last person to have won it in 2019 due to the ceremony being cancelled in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

These incredible talents have claimed the prestigious accolade 11 times between them and have dominated the awards for almost every year since 2008.

Messi is the most recent winner of the Ballon D’Or and could win it again

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Messi is the most recent winner of the Ballon D’Or and could win it again

With that said, it could be another year without the award for Ronaldo after leaks on social media found out that the 2021 Ballon d’Or will go to Messi.

If true then it comes at a surprise to many due to the form of Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski who has also had a formidable year.

The Poland international has netted more than 60 goals this year which is the first time any player has done so since 2014 when Ronaldo achieved that feat.

Unfortunately for him, his goal scoring talents do not appear to be enough as it looks like Messi will win the prestigious award for the seventh time.

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