Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo was his confident self this week when he claimed he would cast his 2012 FIFA Ballon d’Or vote for himself, if he was a allowed.
In an interview with France Football, which is set to be released on Tuesday of this week, the former Manchester United man claimed it would do him no good to be too humble.
“If I could, I'd vote for myself,” the 27-year-old says in the interview.
“I am what I am and I'm happy with that. Being too humble isn't good. In Portugal we say that too much humility is vanity.”
Ronaldo has never been accused of lacking in confidence and these words will give weight to the view held by many that the star of the Santiago Bernabeu is more concerned with his own success than that of the team as a whole.
However, the Portugal captain rejected this notion and claimed that if he were only concerned with personal rewards, he would not currently be plying his trade with los Blancos, but somewhere else where more lucrative deals were available.
“I play for the passion of football, and for the love of the teams I represent. If I was playing for money, I'd be at another club,' he added.
“All players love it when teams like Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United or Chelsea dream about them, but that's not in my thoughts.”
Whether he would vote for himself or not, Ronaldo is not allowed to and he will have to choose the three he believes to be the most worthy from the 23-man shortlist released by FIFA last week.
Ronaldo obviously believes he should win the award but the bookies appear to disagree with him, as odds on the winner indicate it will be a fourth year in a row for his rival at Barcelona, Lionel Messi.
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