Pascal Ferre, the editor-in-chief of France Football, the publication that gives out the Ballon d'Or award has revealed that Portugal icon, Cristiano Ronaldo's greatest ambition is to having won more Ballon d'Or's than long-time rival, Lionel Messi by the time he retires from the sport.
Ronaldo has won the award five times in his career so far and also holds the record for the most nominations with 17 to his name, but remains behind Messi in the all-time win stakes, with the Argentinian having won the award six times.
Messi remains the favourite to land a seventh such honour this year, and Ferre has now revealed that Ronaldo is desperate to one up Messi.
"Ronaldo has only one ambition and that is to retire with more Ballon d'Or [awards] than Messi. I know because he has told me," he said as quoted by Marca.
There have been various reports that the results for this year have already leaked online, with Messi winning it once again, though Ferre insists that the Ballon d'Or award winner remains one of the best-kept secrets in football.
"This is my sixth year in charge of the event. I have not made a mistake yet. I don't want to lie [to those asking who the winner is]. But I tell them that I can't share their name because the winners do not know yet, and it would not be right for them not to be the first to find out."