Why I have to kill Messi and Ronaldo - Balotelli

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In an interview with Fox Sports, the Brazilian poacher spoke of his time at Madrid, of the injuries he suffered, and of this year's Balon D'or. While he achieved much for the club (scoring 104 goals), he was effectively led out the back door when he departed after a five-year spell.

"What I've done since the start of my career has not been enough, I will have to do more".

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"I understood his role as the Coach, but sometimes, in football, it's not 100g or 200g that make the difference. It's about what you actually do, and he didn't see what I actually did, what I could contribute, as the be all and end all".

Ronaldo also discussed the injuries he suffered while at Madrid.

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has paid €6 million in a bid to avoid prosecution by the Spanish authorities, who recently opened an investigation into alleged tax evasion.

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"This year, I would choose Cristiano Ronaldo as the victor of the Ballon D'or", Ronaldo added.

During a twitter interaction with fans on ICC's twitter page, where #AskAB was trending for quite a while, a fan asked the South Africa cricket ODI captain who his favourite footballer is - Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi.

"Both of them are fantastic".

"I want to score goals and not suffer", said Ronaldo when asked how he wanted to final to go. "Cristiano's numbers can't be ignored". It's a cruel comparison. "It is down to the intelligence of Zidane and my teammates, it is better that they played more, but it is the trainer that makes the decisions".

The 2001 World Player of the Year told reporters: "They are both the best in the world".

"If you typed all of those attributes into a computer you couldn't come up with a more flawless player than Ronaldo".