Cristiano Ronaldo responds to Arsene Wenger’s comments

Cristiano Ronaldo insists that he is not paying too much attention to Arsene Wenger's recent comments about the Ballon d'Or

Cristiano Ronaldo has insisted that he “respects” Arsene Wenger’s opinion following the Arsenal manager’s criticism of the Ballon d’Or last week.

The individual accolade features prominently in Ronaldo’s new documentary, with the Portuguese superstar having won the award on three occasions.

However, Wenger believes that the pursuit of individual prizes in a team sport can “destroy” careers and admitted that he is not a fan of the award.

Ronaldo was asked about the Arsenal manager’s comments when he was in London for the premiere of his new film on Monday night.

And the Real Madrid star said: “[Those are his] opinions. I respect opinions but that’s it.”

Speaking ahead of Arsenal’s Premier League clash with Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend, Wenger underlined his disinterest in the Ballon d’Or.

Wenger said at a news conference on Friday: “I think the modern world is too much about individuals and we as managers are more worried about the collective.

“I’m not too much of a fan. I’m against the Ballon d’Or, I’m against all these things. I’ve seen careers destroyed because the players are too much obsessed to get individual rewards.

“I feel sometimes it encourages selfishness and people inside the game to go too much for their own sake when some players are in a better position. Even the agents sometimes motivate the players to get individual rewards because they are more valuable on the market after.

“That’s why I’m against it. I’m not a big fan of it.”

Ronaldo is one of the favourites to win this year’s Ballon d’Or prize along with Barcelona star Lionel Mess. The Portugal captain has won the last two awards.

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