Ronaldo: I'm not arrogant

2012-11-09 09:25

Johannesburg - Cristiano Ronaldo claims that he is not arrogant, and admits that he fears the generally negative perception of his ego has dented his chances of winning the Ballon d’Or.

The argument goes that over the past two months, CR7 and Lionel Messi have been impossible to separate, when it comes to their feats of brilliance for Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively.

But the popular notion has arisen- mainly due to their on-field personalities and occasional statements to the press- that Messi is selfless and humble, while CR7 is only concerned about himself.

It seems that people are willing to make Messi the favourite to win a fourth-straight Ballon d’Or simply because they think he is a nicer guy than Ronaldo.

Portuguese superstar Ronaldo disputes that he is arrogant however, and says he would love to be able to reveal his true nature to his many critics.

Speaking to CNN World Sport on Thursday, Ronaldo admitted he had worried about losing the Ballon d’Or  as a result of the public’s assessment of his character.

"I don't want to cry about that, but sometimes I think yes,” he said.

"Why? It's question that I never give the 100 percent right answer, because sometimes I really don't know. Maybe I agree, I have bad image on the pitch... because I'm too serious, but if you really know me, if you are my friend, if I leave you inside my house, if you share the day with me, you will know I hate to lose.

"People who call me arrogant, I would like to sit with them and to have a chat with them to see which way to they think I'm arrogant because I think they need to sit with me to know who is the real Cristiano.

"It (the Ballon d'Or) means a lot for me. I would put everything in one bag and try to see what they (the contenders) have done by the year.

“If you speak about me and Leo, who won more things? Who played better? Who won the most important trophies? So I cannot say I deserve to win, but I think I'm in a good position."

Between Messi and Ronaldo, only the Madrid man has gone on record to admit his desire to scoop the Ballon d’Or.

And it remains to be seen if CR7’s revelations can convince the voters to set aside their perceptions of his personality, to judge the winner on one years’ worth of football exclusively.

Soccer Laduma

  • Marco van Rensburg - 2012-11-09 09:34

    Messi is a goal poacher and a poser a suck up! Ronaldo is pure class, stands out for Real Madrid while Messi hides behind Barca! If Messi is really as good as people think he should go play for other team to see if is really as good! Anyone can look good at Barca even Benni McCarty!

      dhirshan.gobind - 2012-11-09 09:40

      both messi and ronaldo can be as arrogant as they want coz they both back it up! once in a lifetime players and a joy to watch both of them! people are jealous of them, including me lol . . .

      njapen - 2012-11-09 09:43

      soccer is a team sport @ the enda day....whether he shines through barca or not, it s jst shows the work ethic that barca s implementing and its working...look @ em nw...messi is a great player and CR7 is jst as good...who ever wins it deserves it and only the votes count

      cliftoncliffie.verneel - 2012-11-09 10:08

      Sounds like you ain't a team player Marco... You can't be that selfish - 2012-11-09 10:08

      Dumbest comment I've read on News24.

      gordon.mazibuko - 2012-11-09 10:14

      I tend to agree with you partially Marco. Ronaldo can carry any team he plays for and is a stand out performer whereas Messi cannot seem to replicate his club form for Argentina? Does the fact that he plays with the best midfield in world football help? Methinks so...... Anybody can look awesome if they are being fed balls by Xavi and Iniesta at will. Fabregas has also improved as a ball provider and that only makes Messi's life easier. Ultimately Ronaldo is a winger scoring and creating as many if not more goals than a goal poacher? So who's actually the better player then......

      Fuzoluhle Nkosi - 2012-11-09 10:27

      yes i agree with you 100%.Messi is hiding under Barcelona,he got best players playing with him. Madrid got Ronaldo, Mercy got Barcelona!!! even Benni McCarthy can be a top goal scorer in Barcelona

      piet.motsoeneng - 2012-11-09 11:06

      So you suggest that he goes to another team even when he is happy at Barca just to prove to you that he is an extraordinary player? Thats wierd man, his technical ability alone proves that his class and so is Ronaldo, but Messi is a better player overall.

      gordon.mazibuko - 2012-11-09 11:19

      @Piet you say a better overall..... Ronaldo shoots with both feet and equally well. He is a free kick specialist and has presence in the air. He creates goals and scores goals. He can dribble and beat defenders so please explain what makes Messi better overall? Messi is also predominanly left footed just by the way.....

      piet.motsoeneng - 2012-11-09 12:01

      @Gordon, all those things that you , mentioned Messi can do them too,free kicks,penalties, skill you name them not to mention that Messi's feet are quicker than those of CR7, forget about being predominantly left footed there is no problem with that as long as he delivers with that one foot. Plus temper is what counts against CR7, he easily gets frustraded and displays unsporting behaviour at times. So, let me rephrase my statement, Messi is an overall better sportsman than CR7

      tinotenda.panashe - 2012-11-09 12:08

      hahaha...Marco, you are being mean! Even Benni McCarthy? Maan, be serious. Then if Barca can hide shortcomings of other players, why is it that other Barca players are never in the reckoning for the title?

      fidel.damons - 2012-11-09 12:25

      @Gordon - It seems to me you don't watch of La Liga - If you did you would know that Messi had the 2nd highest number of assists to Mezut Ozil. So who exactly at Barca was passing the ball to Messi for all those goals? Also you point about Messi not being able to perfom for Argentina is just pointless. He has scored 12 goals for Arg this year including a hatrick against Brazil. I don't exactly see all the world cups that Ronaldo has won. Also if you actually do watch La liga (not just El Classico) and monitor Ronaldo's movements you would notice that he does not play as a winger (Ozil does) and that he roams more often than not into the centre, thus getting into position to score more.

      piet.motsoeneng - 2012-11-09 12:40

      @Fidel, well said, not only in world cups, in all international games that I've seen Ronaldo was a shadow of what we see him do at Madrid. So, struggle to understand Gordon's argument

      thabisosthebi.shabalala - 2012-11-12 18:08

      Thank u Marco van Rensburg,any player @ Barca can make it,so if Messi is the greatest as people claim then let him go play 4 Man City or Man United. Fact Ronaldo is better nd bigger

  • The.whiz.777 - 2012-11-09 09:47

    Ja boet dit kry jy nou (of nie) as jy met Paris Hilton uithang...

  • kenpeg.dawson - 2012-11-09 10:29

    One day when you are as good and consistent like Messi they will give you the trophy.

  • marcus.vermaak - 2012-11-09 10:30

    He is a good player, no problem there, but he is a chop. Out of all the things he said in the interview above, not once did he mention the teams achievements, just his own, and that you tool, thats what makes you arrogant!

  • zahierm - 2012-11-09 11:15

    Sorry Mr are! You're one of the finest footballers around but you have the personality of a wet blanket. Never understood how a six foot bloke with perfect balance could drop to the ground quite that easily.

  • maanda.luxious - 2012-12-05 08:38

    With all due respect for Mr Messi, for me the most deserving best is Ronaldo. Let me tell you why! Messi is a full direct-striker and is always closer to the 18 yards area which makes it easier for him to can score goals with one or two touches while Ronaldo is a winger and always on the out-flanks and has to first outclass his makers with +/- six touches before scoring a goal. It is never easy for the winger to score as many goals as Ronalado does nor had this happened before but only him.

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