Former Barcelona star Ronaldinho believes that Cristiano Ronaldo is fed up of living in the shadow of arch rival Lionel Messi, as the two prepare to do battle for the Ballon d'Or once again.
Messi has picked up the accolade for the last three years running, with Barca's talisman also shading the Real Madrid forward to win Official LFP player of the year for the fifth successive season at the La Liga Awards last night.
Ronaldinho believes that being snubbed in favour of the Argentine maestro is a genuine frustration for Ronaldo, helping keep him focused on finding top form after a sensational year for club and country.
He told Brazilian TV programme Bem, Amigos!: "Cristiano Ronaldo's rage is to live in the same era as Messi.
The Selecao superstar also claimed that Messi will give his successor for club and country Neymar the same kind of support he offered the diminutive striker at the Camp Nou.
"Deco, Sylvinho and I always gave passes to Leo so he could adapt as soon as possible. He will do the same for Neymar," he stated.
Ronaldo is odds-on favourite with the bookmakers to wrestle back the title of the world's best player from Messi for the first time since 2008, with both men finding out their fate along with the likes of Franck Ribery and Zlatan Ibrahimovic on January 13.
Voting has now closed for the prize, although FIFA eventually decided on an extension to the process due to a low turnout.