Ballon D’or: Cristiano Ronaldo Calls out France Football Editor-In-Chief Pascal Ferre in Scathing Statement

Ballon D’or: Cristiano Ronaldo Calls out France Football Editor-In-Chief Pascal Ferre in Scathing Statement

  • Cristiano vehemently slammed claims made by Pascal Ferre before the Ballon d’Or ceremony
  • Ferre went on record to claim Cristiano told him his sole ambition was to win more individual awards than Lionel Messi
  • The Manchester United forward was a notable absentee from the award ceremony at Chatelet Theatre in Paris

Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo on Monday, November 29 released a scathing statement calling out France Football editor-in-chief Pascal Ferre.

Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo receives the Ballon D'Or 2016 trophy from Pascal Ferre, director of France Football in December 8, 2016 in Madrid. Photo by Angel Martinez.
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With the Ballon d’Or ceremony underway, attention was temporarily shifted to Cristiano, who was a notable absentee from the event.

The 36-year old took to his social media to call out Pascal Ferre for allegedly distorting some information told to him by the Portugal superstar in confidence.

Cristiano was responding to sensational remarks made by Ferre in the build-up to the Ballon d’Or ceremony.

Ferre claimed Cristiano’s sole ambition in football was to win more Ballon d’Ors than his rival Lionel Messi, and he went a step further by adding that the Man United forward told him of his ambitions himself.

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“Ronaldo has only one ambition and that is to retire with more Ballon d’Or than Messi and I know because he told me.” he said as quoted by 101 great goals.

In a scathing rejoinder, Cristiano addressed the reports by calling out Pascal Ferre in the following statement:

“Today's outcome explains why Pascal Ferré's statements in the last week, saying that I confided to him that I had the sole ambition to end my career with more Golden Balls than Lionel Messi.
Pascal Ferré lied, used my name to promote himself and to promote the post he works for. It is unacceptable that the responsible for awarding such a prestigious award should lie like this, in absolute disrespect for someone who has always respected France Football and the Golden Ball. And lied again today justifying my absence from the Gala with an alleged quarantine that has no reason to be.

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I always wish congratulations to those who win, within sports and fair play that have guided my career from the beginning, and I do so because I'm never against anyone. I always win for myself and the clubs I represent, I win for myself and those who want me well. I don't win against anyone.
The greatest ambition of my career is to win national and international titles for the clubs I represent and for my country's Selection. The greatest ambition of my career is to be a good role model for all those who are or wish to be professional footballers. The greatest ambition of my career is to leave my name written in the golden letters in the history of world football.”
Ronaldo concluded by adding that his focus was solely on Manchester United, who face Arsenal in their next game on Thursday, December 2.

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Meanwhile, Messi was on Monday, November 29, crowned with another Ballon d'Or award, taking his tally to seven.

The Paris Saint-Germain beat a host of top footballers including Bayern Munich ace Robert Lewandowski and rival Cristiano Ronaldo to win the prize.