Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo cited himself when asked who has the biggest inspiration in his career.
When the question had been forth to him, the Portuguese captain replied: “I was.”
“My biggest inspiration has always been myself; nobody puts bigger demands on me than me,” he explained.
“I said I admired (Luis) Figo and Rui Costa, but I never wanted to emulate anybody – I have just always focused on being the best me I can.”
Ronaldo went on to discuss his most important lesson that football has taught him, adding: “To use negative people and experiences to motivate you. I actually need my haters — they have helped me achieve all I have achieved.”
The three-time Ballon D’Or winner, who is also widely tipped to add to the tally following Portugal’s victory in Euro 2016, added that he does not have a rivalry with current Ballon D’or victor Lionel Messi.
Ronaldo, 31, and Messi, 29, are considered two of the best players in the world and have consistently starred in La Liga – competing for rival clubs Real and Barca as they dominated accolades over the years.
“There is a big mutual respect between myself and Lionel Messi. The media like to make out like we have this big rivalry, but we don’t. It is not like we are good friends, but there is a mutual respect on both sides.”
Messi has scored 14 goals in 11 appearances for his club this season while Ronaldo has four goals in nine appearances for Los Blancos. The latter would probably look to decrease the gap against Alaves in Spain this weekend, as Real also desperately needs a win to widen the gap between themselves and Barca, Sevilla, Villareal as well as city rivals Atletico.