Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo intends to end his career with at least one more Ballon d’Or, in order to pass Barcelona playmaker Lionel Messi and establish himself as the greatest player of all time.
The Portugal skipper and his Argentine rival have each claimed the award, after being voted the best player in the world, on five occasions, but Ronaldo is not satisfied with that.
“I would love more, and I think I deserve it,” said Portuguese forward on ITV’s Cristiano Ronaldo Meets Piers Morgan.
“Messi is a fantastic guy, a fantastic player. He’s in the history of football – but I think I have to have six or seven or eight to be above him.
“My relationship with him is, we are not friends, but we have shared this stage for 15 years.
“I have a good relationship with him and I know that he has pushed me to be a better player and I have pushed him to be a better player as well.”
The 34-year-old, who agreed that Messi is the best he has played against, hopes to be remembered as one of the best – if not the best – footballers the game has ever seen.
He said: “I’m sure I’m in the history of football for what I have done and what I’m continuing to do, but one of the best players in history.
“For me, the number one in history, but for some fans, if the number one is another one and I’m second, it doesn’t matter.
“I know I’m in the history of football as one of the greatest ever.”
The former Manchester United and Real Madrid player has five Champions League successes to his name and has led Portugal to Euro 2016 and Nations League glory.
He has also gotten 145 individual records, including Europe’s all-time top international goal scorer and the most goals scored in the UEFA Champions League.