RONALDO SPEAKS ON WINNING BALLON D’OR AHEAD OF VAN DIJK, MESSI AFTER FOUR-GOAL HAUL AGAINST LITHUANIA

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Ronaldo speaks on winning Ballon d’Or ahead of Van Dijk, Messi after four-goal haul against LithuaniaCristiano Ronaldo after scoring four goals in Portugal’s 5-1 win over Lithuania in Tuesday’s Group B clash in Vilnius reveals he does not live thinking about individual prizes after being asked about the Ballon d’Or. The Juventus goes head to head with Lionel Messi and Virgil van Dijk who are also the favourites to win the award.

The former Real Madrid forward made history with his four goals for the European champions Portugal. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner became the all-time leading scorer in European Championship qualifiers after improving his tally to 25 goals, surpassing Robbie Keane in the process. He also took his international record to 93 goals after scoring his eighth hat-trick for Fernando Santos’ Portugal.

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Ronaldo – who is on the final shortlist for FIFA’s The Best award – was asked about his chances of winning a sixth Ballon d’Or on Tuesday and stressed it’s not something that’s on his mind.

“As I always say, I don’t live thinking about individual prizes. This is a consequence of what we collectively won. But it’s good, I won’t lie. The important thing was to help the team.” Ronaldo said.

“I scored a goal against Serbia and four here and I’m very happy We have to dismiss this moment and what I want most is to continue like this.”

Ronaldo scored 21 Serie A goals last season – and 28 in all competitions – as Juventus won an eighth consecutive Scudetto. This season, Ronaldo has already scored once for Juventus, who are level on points with Inter and Torino atop the Serie A table. Now within touching distance of Ali Daei’s record for most international goals scored by a player, the 34-year-old confirmed he’s still eager to continue helping and hopefully scoring for his country.

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“I’m having a good time, but the team was doing very well too. I am happy and enjoying this moment, not because I scored the goals, but because of the level we have been able to demonstrate in recent years. It is up to me to continue helping the national team.” Ronaldo told reporters.

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After drawing their first two games of Euro 2020 qualifying, Portugal have now won their past two and sit second in Group B, five points behind Ukraine but with a game in hand. Santos’ side will next play Luxembourg and Ukraine during the next international break in October.

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