MADRID: Cristiano Ronaldo said on Friday that he was “confident as always” of winning the upcoming Ballon d’Or for best player in the world.
Ronaldo is the overwhelming favourite to collect the award on December 7 after a year in which he led Real Madrid to titles in Spain and Europe.
“Last season was exceptional. We won the league and the Champions League, where I was again the top scorer,” the Portuguese star told the French sports daily L’Équipe in an interview published on Friday.
“If I win the Ballon d’Or, it’s perfect, otherwise I’ll still be the same person.”
If Ronaldo wins the award, he will tie Lionel Messi on five victories. The Argentine, who is 30, won the award in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015. Ronaldo, who is 32, won in 2008, 2013, 2014 and last year.