Cristiano Ronaldo Says He'd Like Lionel Messi's Left Foot

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Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted to coveting a particular asset of his Ballon d'Or rival Lionel Messi, who he believes stands a greater chance of being named the world's best player.

The Real Madrid forward is part of a three-man shortlist for the award, alongside Messi and Brazilian star Neymar, with the winner due to be announced at a ceremony in Zurich on Monday.

And in what some would argue was an uncharacteristic moment of humility, he has claimed either of the Barcelona men are more likely to pick up the prestigious prize following their club's impressive year.

Furthermore, Ronaldo revealed his admiration for Messi's left foot, as he expressed his delight at being part of the glamorous proceedings once again, having claimed the prize on each of the past two occasions.

"If I'm here it's because I deserve it and because of the season I had, because of my individual performances," he said.

"Maybe Messi or Neymar has a better chance, but I am here for a reason. Coaches and captains have voted for me. I would not be surprised if one of the others wins. I know that on a team level things are different.

"I don't feel pressure to win the Ballon d'Or. I am just happy to be here again. It is an honour. I would like to have Messi's left foot. His left foot is very good."