Cristiano Ronaldo claims he is ‘not obsessed’ with winning the Ballon d’Or and hardly even thinks about it.
The Portuguese was responding to questions from three children suffering from leukaemia on Canal COPE’s El Partido de las 12 programme, where he was also asked if he would dedicate it to them in the event he won the award.
“I hardly ever think of the Ballon d’Or. I know it’s presented in January but I can’t say if I’ll be there.
“I prefer to say nothing because things don’t only depend upon me, but I’m not obsessed with it. Before anything, I tell you that all of you will come to my party,” he told the children.
Ronaldo admitted that at the moment he is enjoying himself on a personal level as well as with his club and national teams, and referring to the World Cup play-off games against Sweden he believes they brought people a little joy at a difficult time financially.
“I’m very happy. At the moment Portugal is going through a tough time, as is Spain, but it is a little worse in Portugal. In those two hours, on those two days, we made people happier.
“This is my fifth season at Real Madrid. At first I didn’t know how I would fit in at the Bernabeu, because it’s special with a different culture to other countries.
“However, when you win the Madrid public over, the fans and the people in the street, they appreciate your work, your way of enjoying things, and how you give everything for the shirt
“It’s true that at first I didn’t identify with them, but afterwards I began to understand it was me who could be wrong, not the supporters, because the people are like that and it is the Spanish mentality,” he explained.