Spanish Liga - Ronaldo 'would vote for myself', has dig at Messi

Cristiano Ronaldo knows exactly who should win the Ballon d'Or: himself.

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Barcelona's Lionel Messi (R) walks past Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo (Reuters)

"If I had the chance, of course I would vote for myself," the Real Madrid and Portugal star told France Football magazine, who run the award alongside FIFA.

The 27-year-old will not be allowed to vote for himself - and given that even his team-mate Iker Casillas won't be voting for him, it seems that removing Lionel Messi's grasp on the coveted trophy will not be easy.

Ronaldo was unabashed about his self-regard.

"Now, too much humility, that is not good," he said. "Here in Portugal, we say that too much humility is really vanity."

It's hard to imagine a thinner veil on an attack than that - Messi is praised for his humility almost as much as he is for his skill - but Ronaldo was unapologetic about his own abrasiveness.

"I am what I am and I'm happy with that," he explained.

"I'm well aware that my behaviour on the pitch can agitate people, but that isn't me. It simply reflects my desire as a competitor. Because I always want to win.

"I have hot blood. I get worked up very quickly because I'm someone who hates to lose."

Despite his unabashed arrogance, Ronaldo also admitted that the barbs aimed at him do indeed hit home: "It hurts to be judged, to be crucified," he said. "I have to live with it."

Ronaldo also added in the interview that he has no interest in joining any other club.

"The Paris project does not interest me. Neither do Chelsea or Manchester," he said. "I am at Real and I will stay here."

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