Cristiano Ronaldo does not believe that Lionel Messi will challenge for the Ballon D’Or this year
Ronaldo is looking for a record-breaking sixth award after winning the last two editions
Ronaldo admits that he is desperate to lift the golden trophy for a sixth time, but is more concerned about French stars than Messi when it comes to who is standing in his way.
‘Of course I want to win, this sixth Ballon d’Or,’ Ronaldo told France Football. ‘It would be a lie to tell you the opposite.’
Asked who he thought would challenge, he added: ‘The same as usual, even if I don’t know if Messi will be on the podium this time.
‘So, let’s say Salah, Modric, Griezmann, Varane, Mbappe — the French in general because they are world champions.
‘But I will wait and see if all these players are still at the top in 10 years, like Messi and I have done, and like we continue to do.
‘Still there, on the podium, since more than 10 years.’
The Portuguese reckons that he will have competition from Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah