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Ronaldo: “I’m not obsessed by individual prizes”

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Cristiano Ronaldo insists that winning awards is not an obsession for him after missing out on a record sixth Ballon d’Or

Despite scoring 44 goals in all competitions for Real Madrid last season and playing a key part in the club winning their third straight Champions League title, Ronaldo was overlooked for both the FIFA and UEFA’s Player of the Year prizes.

Instead, former Real team-mate Luka Modric came out on top for both awards after leading Croatia to their first-ever World Cup final and playing his own part in Real’s European success.

But, for Ronaldo, the most important thing is winning silverware with his team rather than pursuing individual glory.

“I’m not obsessed by individual prizes,” Ronaldo told Daily Record.

“The most important thing is to win collective trophies and help the team. The rest comes naturally.”

Ronaldo added: “I don’t think all the time of beating records. I work above all to help the club and be at my best level.

“The technical, tactical and physical level of all teams is better today. It’s increasingly tough to win so I have to keep working hard to stay on top.”

The Juventus star hasn’t featured for Portugal since their last-16 defeat to Uruguay at the World Cup.

But Ronaldo said in the interview he “envisages” himself being available in 2019 ahead of Portugal’s Nations League campaign.