Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has said that he is the “best player in history” after winning his fifth Ballon d’Or on Thursday.
Ronaldo picked up the award for the second year in a row to equal the record of Barcelona star Lionel Messi, and he said he does not believe any player is better than him.
He told France Football (h/t Goal’s Robin Bairner): “I’ve never seen anyone better than me. I have always thought that. No footballer can do the things I can.
“There’s no player more complete than me. I play well with both feet, I’m quick, powerful, good with the head, I score goals, I make assists. There are guys who prefer Neymar or Messi. But I tell you: there’s no one more complete than me.
“No one has won as many individual trophies as me. And I’m not speaking just of the Ballon d’Or. That says something, doesn’t it?
“It’s not just a result of the work I do in the gym, like some people think. It’s the sum of many things. Legends like Floyd Mayweather [Jr.] and LeBron James don’t get to their perfect level by chance. Many factors coincide. To be at the top and to stay there, you have to have more talent than the others.”
Ronaldo enjoyed a superb 2017, winning the Liga title as well as the UEFA Champions League. Madrid’s victory over Juventus in the final ensured Los Blancos became the first club ever to retain the trophy in its modern format.
Ronaldo scored twice in the final, proving once again he is a man for the big occasion, and it is these achievements that saw him win the Ballon d’Or ahead of great rival Messi.
The Real Madrid star may have his work cut out if he is to move ahead of Messi and scoop his sixth Ballon d’Or.
The Argentinian has already scored 13 goals in 14 Liga games this season to lead Barcelona to the top of the table, while Ronaldo has just two from 10 games as his side lie fourth, eight points off the top.