Sunday, 15 December 2013

Ronaldo museum opens with space for another ``Ballon d``Or``

Ronaldo museum opens with space for another ``Ballon d``Or``

Funchal (Madeira) Real Madrid`s Cristiano Ronaldo opened a museum in his honour in his birthplace on Sunday, which he said had extra room for the Ballon d`Or and many other trophies to come.

Standing next to his 2008 Ballon d`Or and 125 other individual and team awards dating back to his Madeira childhood, Ronaldo, 28, told reporters the CR7 Museum was a gift to his fans.

"Of course it`s a special day," the Portugal forward, who has scored 33 goals so far this season, said. "I have room for more trophies. I don`t really want to mention specific ones. All I want is to win more awards and if the Ballon d`Or comes, there is extra room here".

Soccer`s world governing body named him, Barcelona`s Lionel Messi of Argentina and Bayern Munich`s French winger Franck Ribery as the three finalists for the 2013 Ballon d`Or award formerly known as FIFA World Player of the Year.

Ronaldo, this year`s World Soccer magazine`s player of the year, said he was not desperate to win the most prestigious individual award in the sport.

"The World Soccer magazine`s player of the year award was another important trophy but it does not mean I will win the Ballon d`Or. I hope that happens but I am not obsessed about it."

The Ballon d`Or results will be announced on January 13. Reuters ---------------

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