The arrogant Portuguese winger said, "If I could, I'd vote for myself. I am what I am and I'm happy with that. Being too humble isn't good. In Portugal we say that too much humility is vanity.” Some people in England may have a different slant on that saying.
Ronaldo continued, "I play for the passion of football, and for the love of the teams I represent. If I was playing for money, I'd be at another club. All players love it when teams like Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United or Chelsea dream about them, but that's not in my thoughts."
The award will be announced in Zurich in January, with the accolade expected to be fiercely contested between rivals Ronaldo and Messi. In comparison to Ronaldo, humble Argentinean Messi has been quiet in regards to his chances whereas, his Portuguese counterpart seems to take any window available to promote his cause.
That’s the main difference between the two. Messi let’s his football do the talking whereas Ronaldo seems to prefer speaking out, in what smacks of desperation.
The original Ronaldo, a slightly goofier Brazilian model, and former player of both Braca and Real, sit’s firmly in the Messi corner, stating, "Messi would get my vote because, in addition to being decisive, scoring lots of goals and winning trophies, he's able to bring a special and different kind of magic to football.”
"Cristiano Ronaldo is a very technical, very skillful and very pragmatic player, but Messi continues to produce the unexpected on a regular basis."
Who do you think deserves the award, the outspoken self promoting Ronaldo or the humble genius Messi?
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