Cristiano Ronaldo has tried to brush off Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane's comments that Franck Ribery should win the Ballon d'Or by saying that he 'respects everybody's thoughts'. 

The French legend, who is now an assistant coach at the Madrid giants, said that if he were allowed he would vote for his compatriot Ribery to win the individual honour, regarded as the highest award an individual can gain in football. 

Ribery has been in sparkling form for treble-winners Bayern Munich this year, and is now one of the front-runners for the Ballon d'Or after picking up UEFA's Best Player in Europe earlier this year.

The French international even admitted earlier in the year that he thinks that he has "done everything to be the world's best player" and that it is "now or never" if he were to win the coveted prize.

Despite Ribery's achievements, however, Zidane's comments still shocked those in Madrid who believed that he should have stuck by his player, but Ronaldo has since attempted to diffuse the situation by claiming that the comments, and the Ballon d'Or itself, do not bother him. 

"I have always respected people's opinions. I respect them, and consider them so I can work on improving myself for my club," Le 10 Sport quoted Ronaldo. 

"To be honest, I'm not obsessed with individual awards, especially if they are determined by players or coaches." 

"If I win the Ballon d'Or, fine, otherwise, I will continue to work for my club. I am happy with how I'm doing and this is the most important." 

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