Cristiano Ronaldo hopes Messi battle continues after winning 5th Ballon d'Or

Cristiano Ronaldo hopes Messi battle continues after winning 5th Ballon d'Or

- Cristiano Ronaldo hopes to continue playing for many more years

- The attacker won a record fifth Ballon d'Or award level with Messi

- He says he wants to have seven awards and seven children

- Ronaldo believes Neymar is the footballer most likely to dethrone him and Messi

Cristiano Ronaldo says he wants his rivalry with Lionel Messi to continue after equalling the Barcelona star's record of five Ballons d'Or.

The Real Madrid forward picked up the award in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris after beating the Argentine and Neymar to the prize.

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The former Manchester United man and the Argentine international have won the last ten Ballon d'Or awards and Ronaldo says he wants this to continue.

Cristiano Ronaldo hopes Messi battle continues after winning 5th Ballon d'Or

Cristiano Ronaldo poses with his fifth Ballon d'Or title. Photo: L'Equipe

"I hope to play at this level for a few more years," he said in Paris as he accepted the award. "I hope the battle with Messi continues, things happen for a reason, I feel good this season and we'll see what we win at the end of the year."

The award comes after he led Madrid to La Liga and Champions League victories last season and Ronaldo said he sees it as career highlight.

"I feel very happy. It's a fantastic moment in my career, I've been waiting for this for a long time, this year has been great, we won the Champions League and La Liga and, on a personal level, I was a top scorer in the Champions League.

"Trophies help win these awards and we have to thank my colleagues from Madrid and Portugal, it was very important for me. "

The 32-year-old also said Neymar is the player most likely to win the award after him and Messi: "He has a lot of talent, a lot of potential, and I'm sure he'll have some chance to win in the future."

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Ronaldo also addressed the rumours from the summer that he was not happy in Madrid and was open to a move to PSG.

"I'm happy at Madrid, I want to stay there, I would like to finish my career at Madrid if possible".

Finally, Ronaldo reiterated his desire to win seven Ballons d'Or and have seven children after he was asked what he wants for Christmas.

"Another baby ... no, it's a joke, we're going to enjoy the four of us, I want seven Ballons d'Or and seven children".

Ronaldo's award is his fifth which puts him level with Messi for the players with the most Ballon d'Or awards ever.

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Source: Sports.naija.ng

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