Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo says he wants to score another 500 goals and keep breaking records after missing out of the Ballon d’Or on Monday night.
The 30-year-old striker came second to Barcelona’s Leo Messi, who took 41% of the votes compared to Ronaldo’s 27%. It is the fifth time Messi has won the award, two more than Ronaldo, who has won it the same amount of times as legendary players such as Marco van Basten, Michel Platini and Johan Cruyff.
Ronaldo set a number of records in 2015 and netted 57 times for club and country over the 12 month period. During the process, he overtook both Alfredo di Stefano’s and Raul’s goalscoring records to become the leading scorer in the history of Real Madrid.
Speaking at the ceremony in Zurich, Ronaldo said: “I hope I’ll score another 500 goals but it will be tough. I am still young and want to play for many more years. All the records are always an extra, the icing on the cake. I never dreamt of breaking Di Stefano’s records, or Raul’s – all those legends you know.
“But I got there during my seventh season here. Obviously it was all with the help of my team-mates – nobody plays alone. It is my job to help the team win trophies and to score goals. My goal is always to be at the top level. I love to make people happy. I am a happy person.”