It has been quite a year for Cristiano Ronaldo. He has won La Liga, The Champions League, Spanish Supercup, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup with his team Real Madrid and on a personal level he has won FIFA Player of the Year award and has equalled his arch-rival Lionel Messi by winning 5 Balon D’Ors.
Last night, Ronaldo sealed his team the FIFA Club World cup with a wonderful goal, thus becoming the first team to defend FIFA Club World Cup.
In an interview with FIFA.com, the Real Madrid forward opened up about his rivalry with his Barcelona counterpart, Lionel Messi.
“I have managed to write a new chapter in the history of football. Winning so many titles both and also being one of the players alongside Lionel Messi to win the most individual awards in the game is a big honour for me.”
“It is an incredible moment in my career. This motivates me to carry on playing football at the highest level.”
The Portuguese forward did not have the best start to the season but has been absolutely lethal in the Champions League wherein he has broken many records.
Ronaldo ended his goal drought domestically with a brace against Sevilla and is also the only player to have scored in all six group stage matches in the Champions League.
“I stay motivated because I like what I do, I love playing football and I try to enjoy it. I always try to entertain people. I will carry on for as long as I have the passion to play,” the star forward said.
Talking about his achievements with the national team, Ronaldo had quite sweet memories of Euro Cup.
“Winning the Euro was the special, it’s something we wanted for years, the first title of the Portuguese national team, and it was incredible,” he said.
“Thanks to God, we did it!”
In 2018, Ronaldo will play his fourth FIFA World Cup leading Portugal eyeing the ultimate prize every footballer ever dreams of, in which he is quite in competition to his rival Lionel Messi who is yet to win a silverware with his national team.
The FIFA World Cup will be held in Russia which is quite special to Ronaldo as it was the place wherein he lifted his first UEFA Champions League title with Manchester United.
“Russia, personally, has been lucky for me because I won the Champions League in Moscow. The national team did not do that well in the Confederations Cup.”
But Ronaldo is quite optimistic about his team.
“The team is doing well and we are in good shape.”
Ronaldo turns 33 next February and this is possibly his last shot at bringing home football’s biggest prize.
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