Cristiano Ronaldo claims he ‘deserves’ the Ballon d’Or, Juventus were ‘a good move’ and that Real Madrid chief Florentino Perez ‘never spoke from the heart’.
Speaking to France Football, in an interview that will be released in its entirety on Tuesday, Ronaldo also revealed the pain his mother and sisters were going through as a result of the rape allegations levelled against him.
“I already know, in my heart, that I’m one of the best players in history,” explained the former Madrid superstar.
“I’ve said many times that winning a sixth Ballon d’Or isn’t an obsession, but of course I want to win my sixth Ballon d’Or!
“I’d be lying if I said otherwise. I’m working for it as I work to score goals and win games without making it an obsession. I think I deserve the Ballon d’Or, yes.
“Joining Juve was a good move, a successful one. I did a lot of good things at Madrid and had some incredible moments, which I’ll always remember, with great teammates and fans.
“However I think after nine years there, the time had come for me to change clubs and move on.
“My relationship with Florentino Perez never went beyond business. What he used to say to me didn’t come from his heart.
“I explained everything to my partner [about the rape allegations]. My son, Cristiano Jr, is too young to understand it. I feel the worst for my mother and sisters.
“They’re stunned by it all but, at the same time, very angry. This is the first time that I’ve seen them in this state.”