Cristiano Ronaldo, who was awarded the 2017 Ballon d’Or at the Eiffel Tower on Friday, said that he hopes to play at a high level for few more years to come. Speaking to reporters after the presentation ceremony, the Portuguese captain added that he hopes the healthy competition between Lionel Messi and himself continues in the future.
With another win this year, the Real Madrid forward is now level with rival Messi on five Ballon d’Ors. Ronaldo had an impressive season with Real Madrid in 2017, and the side went on to successfully defended the Champions League title and won the La Liga.
After being presented with the award, Ronaldo said, “I hope to play at a high level for a few more years. Let’s have the fight (between Messi and him) continue in a good way. He will do his best for his club and his national team. And I will do my best for Real Madrid and my national team. So let’s see at the end of the day who is better and see who at the end of the year what collective awards we win and what the people voted.”
On winning the fifth Ballon d’Or, the 32-year old football star said, “Of course, I feel happy. It’s a big moment in my career. It’s something I hope to win every year. Thanks to my Real Madrid team-mates. And I want to thank the rest of the people who helped me reach this level.”
When asked what he wanted for Christmas, Ronaldo jokingly said, ‘Another baby’. “No it’s a joke, we’re going to enjoy the four of us – I want seven Gold Balls and seven children,” he later added.