Cristiano Ronaldo on Thursday said that his side Real Madrid, who went down against Tottenham Hotspur earlier this month, do not fear Paris Saint Germain and that he wants seven children and as many Ballon d’Ors.
The defending champions have chances of finishing second in Group H, which means that they might pit against a European powerhouse. Having already qualified for the knockout stage with two matches remaining, PSG stand as a strong potential opponent in the last 16. However, Portugal captain Ronaldo says that they do not see the French team as a threat.
The four-time Ballon d’Or winner said to L’Equipe that he is not scared. “I’m not afraid of PSG. We’re the defending champions, two years in a row, we have to respect that. We would prefer to finish first in the group, but the most important thing, first of all, is qualification.”
Talking about the probability of winning next Ballon d’Or, Ronaldo said, “I’m not worried about it anymore. I’m 32, nearly 33. My world isn’t only about football. There are other important things. With the Ballon d’Or, I know the panel is still voting. I’m confident. I’m confident of winning, not worried.”
“If you ask me if I want to win it, I’ll obviously tell you yes. I know what a fifth Ballon d’Or would mean for posterity. I want seven children and as many Ballons d’Ors. As long as I play, I’ll have the ambition to win all I can. So, my dream is the fifth Ballon d’Or. And, next year, there will be another one to look for.”
“I don’t agree with what people are saying about me. People don’t know the difference between playing well, playing OK and not scoring goals. I’m looked at as a goal machine, like a guy who has to score all the time. If that isn’t the case, nobody cares if I’ve played well or not, I’m only judged on scoring. I accept the criticism, but I don’t agree with it. That’s why I avoid reading or hearing what is said about me. But I have no choice but to accept it; I can’t control the world,” he added.
Ronaldo has had a frustrating start to the season, scoring only one goal in LaLiga. Real Madrid stand eight points behind Barcelona in the domestic league and three points behind Champions League group leaders Tottenham.
Los Blancos have a derby clash on Saturday against Atletico Madrid.