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Cristiano Ronaldo has made it clear that he wants to outdo Lionel Messi by winning more Ballon d'Ors than his fierce rival.
The Juventus superstar, 34, has won a record-tying five Ballon d'Ors alongside Barcelona captain Messi.
But Ronaldo is aware of the challenge he faces to break the deadlock and claims it could take up to eight of France Football's coveted prize to be ahead of the Argentine superstar.
"Messi's in the history of football -- but I think I have to have six or seven or eight to be above him," he told Piers Morgan on ITV's Cristiano Ronaldo Meets Piers Morgan.
"I'd love it, I think I deserve it."
Ronaldo and Messi both missed out on the UEFA Men's Player of the Year award to Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk last month.
But the Portuguese forward spoke candidly about his relationship with the Barcelona superstar and invited him to have dinner with him someday.
Ronaldo has continued to improve his trophy haul, both internationally and at club level, over recent seasons.
And the ex-Manchester United and Real Madrid star revealed how important it was for him to cement his legacy as one of the finest footballers the sport has ever seen.
"I'm sure I'm in the history of football for what I have done and what I'm continuing to do, but one of the best players in history," he said.
"For me, the number one in history, but for some fans, if the number one is another one and I'm second, it doesn't matter.
"I know I'm in the history of football as one of the greatest ever."
The Portugal captain broke down in tears on Cristiano Ronaldo Meets Piers Morgan, which aired on Tuesday evening, when he watched a never-before-seen interview with his late father.
The five-time Ballon d'Or winner also opened up about his desire to locate McDonald's staff members who had helped him when he was younger.
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