Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona’s Lionel Messi are currently tied in the highest individual honor a footballer can receive. The two men have the same number of Ballon d’Or awards as each other. They play a nice friendly, public game of kindness towards each other.
But we all know they each want to have won the award the most times, something Ronaldo openly admits.
“Messi’s in the history of football - but I think I have to have six or seven or eight to be above him, I’d love it, I think I deserve it,” he said.
“I’m sure I’m in the history of football for what I have done and what I’m continuing to do, but one of the best players in history.
”For me, the number one in history, but for some fans, if the number one is another one and I’m second, it doesn’t matter.
”I know I’m in the history of football as one of the greatest ever.”
Ronaldo | Source
I hope Ronaldo has a tiered ranking of footballers on the wall of his bedroom. There are those in tier 15, like mortal men Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona, and in tiers 16-22 there stands no one. However, in tier 23, there stands only one man, Cristiano himself.