Ballon F’ive

7 Dec

I’m back! Kind of…I brought back a very special souvenir of my vacation – some sort of tropical crud that ended me up in the hospital last night – I kid you not – so I’m on doctor ordered bed rest for the next few days. But I would be remiss if I didn’t do a brief post to celebrated Cristiano’s fifth Ballon D’or! Well deserved!

The ceremony took place at the Eiffel Tower and was just as dramatic as you would expect. Here’s how the other Real Madrid players ranked in the 30 man shortlist: Luka Modric (5), Sergio Ramos (6), Isco (12), Marcelo (16), Toni Kroos (17) and Karim Benzema (25). Nice that we had 7 of the top 30 players!

Cristiano Ronaldo: “My motivation is still intact, I strive to get better every day”

“I’m happy at Real Madrid, I’m enjoying this fantastic moment and I feel great, strong physically”, said the forward after picking up the Ballon d’Or.

After receiving his fifth Ballon d’Or at a ceremony at the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Cristiano Ronaldo was interviewed by former player David Ginola, who presided over the gala organised by France Football: “It’s an honour to receive this award in such a wonderful setting. I’ve really enjoyed the ceremony and I’m absolutely thrilled. It’s a real honour. When I was a kid, I never expected to win a single Ballon d’Or, so just imagine having five… Ever since I won the first, I’ve worked hard and fought to better myself. Winning titles with my club and national team has helped, of course”.

“I’m happy at Real Madrid and I want to stay with the club and finish my career here if I can. I’m still motivated every day. I hope I can play at the highest level for a few more years, and that my rivalry with Messi continues. He’ll continue to do the best he can for his team, and we’ll see who comes out on top. I started the season well this year, I feel great and we’ll see what we can win at the end of the year. Neymar is in third place this time because he’s got real talent and potential and I’m sure he’ll get the chance to win the award in the future”.

“I set my own goals. I strive to better myself and I always want to win. You have to fight for that, my motivation is still very much intact. When I wake up, I’m still motivated to get to training and that’s the best thing in the world. Things can alter very quickly, to be honest, and the motivation may change. I’m not prepared for that yet though, and I don’t want it to happen, but the day will come. I’m not thinking about it because I’m enjoying this fantastic moment, I feel great, motivated, and physically strong”.

Next Ballon d’Or
“The next Ronaldo or Messi doesn’t exist. Every player has his own style. There are a lot of players with the potential to win it. That’s not enough though, you have to be professional, there are many examples of that. You have to win big things at the right time and have a bit of luck. Talent and potential don’t win you anything”.

“Your body and mind help to be in the optimum condition. You can’t play for two hours a day and then do whatever you want. You have to be disciplined and professional, dedicated to your work. I try to look after my body, eat well, sleep, because I’m very focussed on good recovery practices. Those details make the difference. I work intelligently and with great care in order to remain at the top. Talent is important, but you have to train and work hard. If you’re not disciplined, forget it”.

“There’s always something to be learned from the coaches. It’s been a pleasure for me to work with all of them. It’s been an incredible experience and I’d like to thank them for their messages during the gala. Thank you to all the former players who are here, to my family and friends, the president, everyone. It motivates me to continue my career and work hard to keep being the best. As a player, you need a leader, and that’s the coach. You have to show respect. The coaches have always been an example for me and the reason we’ve won things”.

“Ever since I was 14, 15 or 16, I knew I was different to other kids. I did things differently. I realised I was a good player at Manchester United, when I played alongside players like Giggs, Keane and Ferdinand. I was talented. The English mentality is different and the people there really helped me to become what I am today. I have to thank all my teammates in Manchester”.

“My family is important to me because it gives me stability. I’ve got an incredible family, wonderful children, good friends and a great girlfriend. I can’t forget my teammates, my team. I’m a proud guy, who is very fortunate to have so many good people around him. I’m surrounded by loyal people”.


Florentino Pérez: “Cristiano’s fifth Ballon d’Or is an honour for madridismo

“He’s the most complete player since Di Stéfano, he is his natural heir”, said the Real Madrid president.

Florentino Pérez was full of praise for Cristiano Ronaldo at the presentation of the Ballon d’Or 2017: “I’m thrilled to be here alongside former madridistas who have won the Ballon d’Or, and with Cristiano Ronaldo. For Real Madrid, and all the madridistas around the world, this fifth Ballon d’Or is an honour. Above all it’s recognition for the best player in the world, Cristiano Ronaldo, and also for the values of Real Madrid, such as effort, respect, teamwork and solidarity”.

“For me, Cristiano is the most complete player since Alfredo Di Stéfano, he is his natural heir. When he’s gone, there will be a new age at Real Madrid, just as there was after Di Stéfano”.

Relationship with the Ballon d’Or
“Everyone knows Real Madrid. We were born with the obligation to win. That’s why we have so many Ballon d’Or winners and so many European Cups. There is a beautiful and enduring love story between Real Madrid, the Ballon d’Or and the European Cup. Since 1956, this story has continued and it lives in the heart of every madridista”.

Also in the hizzy were several of our former Ballon D’Or winners and Blanco legends. (Video)

And there was a reunion of one of the most endearing ‘ships in football: Criska! Real Madrid has produced 9 legendary Ballon D’or winners including our current coach and star forward. How lucky are we to have such talent?

And now, it’s time for me to crawl back into bed and continue my recovery. I’ll try to get back to posting tomorrow.

– Lozil

One Response to “Ballon F’ive”

  1. M December 8, 2017 at 8:56 am #

    Welcome back! Hope that you had a good time!!

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