With the big announcement of the winner of the 2018 Ballon d'Or just around the corner, Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo believes that he is the worthy winner of the accolade as compared to his counterparts.
Cristiano Ronaldo along with Barcelona's Lionel Messi have won the prize for a record five times. However, the duo who have dominated every football award in the last decade, could see their record come under a threat by Real Madrid midfielder, Luka Modric who has earlier this year won the Golden Ball at the 2018 World Cup, the UEFA Men's Best Player of the year award and the FIFA Best Player of the year award.
While these three remain the front-runners for the award, they could also face stiff competition from World Cup winners Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe, and also FIFA Puskas award winner Mohammed Salah.
However, Cristiano Ronaldo who helped Real Madrid to their record-breaking and third consecutive Champions League crown before joining Juventus earlier this year, insists there isn't any doubt that he shouldn't win the accolade for the record-breaking sixth time.
In the build-up to 2018 Ballon d'Or awards ceremony, Cristiano Ronaldo spoke to France Football Magazine in an exclusive interview: "I said many times, winning a sixth Ballon d'Or is not an obsession."
"And I do not ask the question in these terms, I already know, in my heart, that I am one of the best players in history. Of course, I want to win, this sixth Ballon d'Or!
"It would be a lie to tell you the opposite. I work for that. As I work to score goals and win games without being an obsession. The Ballon d'Or, yes, I think I deserve it."
The Portuguese superstar had stunned the footballing world by ending his nine-year stay in the Spanish capital by joining Juventus in record-breaking £99 million deal. It came as a shock to many, given how much the 33-year-old loved his club, and the amount of success both he and the club had achieved in the previous few years.
Now, months after his move, the five-time Ballon d'Or has revealed the exact reason as to why he ended his association with Blancos. Speaking to France Football, he said,
"I felt within the club, especially from the president, that I was no longer considered in the same way as I was at the beginning. For the first four or five years, I felt like Cristiano Ronaldo. Less so after. The president looked at me in a way that suggested I was no longer indispensable if you know what I mean. That is what made me think about leaving."