Paris - Cristiano Ronaldo said on Friday that he was "confident as always" of
winning the upcoming Ballon D'Or for best player in the world.
Ronaldo is the overwhelming favourite to collect the award on
December 7, after a year in which he led Real Madrid to titles in Spain
"Last season was exceptional. We won the league and the Champions
League, where I was again the top scorer," the Portuguese star told the
French sports daily L'Equipe in an interview published on Friday.
win the Ballon d'Or, it's perfect, otherwise I'll still be the same
If Ronaldo wins the award, he will tie Lionel Messi on five
victories. The Argentine, who is 30, won the award in 2009, 2010, 2011,
2012 and 2015. Ronaldo, who is 32, won in 2008, 2013, 2014 and last
After the triumphant end to their last campaign, Ronaldo and Real
Madrid have made a slow start to this season. "CR7" has only scored once
in La Liga and Real are already eight points behind Messi's Barcelona.
"Nothing is ever perfect, no one can be 100 percent for an entire
season," Ronaldo said.
"There are times when you are better than others.
A season is never a straight line. We are in a difficult period and we
know it. We have to acknowledge it but that doesn't mean we accept it.
Things will change again."
Ronaldo was clearly delighted over the birth of his fourth child, announced on Sunday.
"There's a little more chaos at home and also a little more noise,
but I love that. I am truly happy surrounded by these children. I wanted
"Four is not enough, I want more," Ronaldo said, adding: "I want seven children and seven Ballons D'Or."
"As long as I play, I will be ambitious to win all I can win. Now my
dream is a fifth Ballon D'Or. Then next year there will be another to