Fifa Ballon d’Or 2012: Ronaldo ‘tired’ of comparisons to Messi

Fifa Ballon d'Or 2012: Cristiano Ronaldo says he has grown "tired" of the constant comparisons to Lionel Messi

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are on the 2012 Ballon d'Or shortlist Photo:, via Wikimedia

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Cristiano Ronaldo admits he is “tired” of the constant comparisons with Lionel Messi – and insists this year’s Ballon d’Or is not a two-horse race.

Messi has won the prestigious prize for the last three years, with the pair once again named on the 23-man shortlist for the 2012 award.

But Real Madrid star Ronaldo moved to play down any talk of a rivalry with Messi, insisting it has been built up by the media and that he has “a lot of respect” for the Argentina international.

“[The rivalry] is a question of the media,” Ronaldo told France Football. “We constantly face it to sell more papers and improve television audiences.

“The truth is I’m a little tired of it. It’s a little heavy but I’m used to it. I don’t like to compare myself with others.

“Messi and I are different, that’s for sure. I respect him a lot.”

He added: “Messi can win [the Ballon d’Or] but so can Xavi or [Andrés] Iniesta. And we cannot forget [Didier] Drogba or Falcao. They can also receive the trophy.”


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