Cristiano Ronaldo is tired of comparisons with Lionel Messi and appreciates that some people must dislike his personality or the ways he sees football. Speaking ahead of the release of his personal portrait film “Ronaldo”, the FIFA World Player of the Year told Reuters TV that he is “not a fake person.”
In a separate interview with the BBC, Ronaldo said, “I’m a legend.” “I don’t need to say ‘I’m in the history of football, I’m a legend’. The numbers say everything,” he said. “I have my style, he has his style, his own style,” he said of Messi, his great personal rival.
“We have to respect that people compare all the time. And it is normal, we are compared since we are babies, I don’t mean me and Messi but all the persons in school. Who is more clever, who is more fast, it’s normal, it’s part of the life.
“It does not surprise me anymore, but sometimes it makes me tired because it’s always same thing and they still repeat and repeat, one year, another year, every year.”
Critics say the Portugal forward’s celebrations sometimes have an air of arrogance about them.
Ronaldo is never shy to show his rippling muscles or make defiant gestures after scoring. He startled the audience at this year’s World Player of the Year award by bellowing “Sim” (yes) into the microphone after he was announced as the winner.
Asked why people may dislike him, Ronaldo said, “Maybe the way I am, my personality, the way I see football. I’m not a fake person. It’s normal, it’s part of the business. No one can control that.” Ronaldo’s film, due to be released on Nov 9, depicts the striker as a family man and shows how he lives on the pitch and inside his luxury house in the neighbourhood of La Finca in the outskirts of Madrid.