Cristiano Ronaldo says he is still in competition with Lionel Messi as he bags his 5th fifa best player award.
The Portuguese star leveled up with Messi after he was named the FIFA Best Men’s Player for the fifth time. Before the award event was merged with the Ballon d’Or, and has just been separated.
Ronaldo has won the competition four times in the last five years, with Messi coming second on every occasion.
Since the past ten years, the Award for the best player has been shared between Ronaldo and Messi, now five a piece. And the debate over who is better is not ending anytime soon.
“I don’t compete with Leo,” he said. “He is a player, who is in the same era. He won five times. I won five times too — individual awards for the best in the world. So things are as they are.
“Obviously, I am happy because, as I said before, I am at the best club in the world. I have had the opportunity to demonstrate that I am at a very high level during the last few years. And I am still [physically] very well.
“So I am very quiet. I will see what’s going to happen tomorrow, but at the moment I have to enjoy this nice moment of my life because you never know what will happen next.”
But, asked whether Ronaldo versus Messi was over, the 32-year-old added: “It didn’t finish yet… it is just starting.”