‘I’m not obsessed with individual prizes’: Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo insists team success means more than personal honours
- Cristiano Ronaldo insists he does not have an obsession for individual honours
- The Juventus star has amassed five Ballon d’Or awards in his illustrious career
- But Ronaldo says team success matters more to him than any personal prizes
Five Ballon d’Or titles and enough golden boots to fill a trophy cabinet suggests individual awards represent great significance to Cristiano Ronaldo.
But the Juventus superstar insists the reality is quite the opposite after he refuted suggestions he has an ‘obsession’ with personal accolades.
The 33-year-old enjoyed another stunning calendar year, first at Real Madrid and ending in Italy with Juventus, where he lifted a third successive Champions League title.
Cristiano Ronaldo is adamant that he does not have an ‘obsession’ with individual awards
The former Real Madrid star has won five Ballon d’Or titles so far in his illustrious career
Beaten to a record-breaking sixth Ballon d’Or by former Madrid team-mate Luka Modric – who also won FIFA’s ‘The Best’ award in December – Ronaldo reiterated the greater importance he places on team success.
Speaking to Record, via FourFourTwo, he said: ‘I’m not obsessed with individual prizes.
‘The important thing is helping the team, always, and therefore the rest arrives naturally.
But Ronaldo says team success means more to him than winning any personal accolades
‘I don’t hide that I’m happy when I win but it’s not the end of the world if it can’t happen.’
One of the key reasons Ronaldo was brought to Turin was to fire Juventus to Champions League glory.
The Italian champions last lifted the trophy at the end of the 1995-96 season when they overcame Ajax but with Ronaldo lifting it in four of the last five campaigns, he is seen as the piece Massimiliano Allegri’s side have been missing.