My season has been a perfect 10 - Cristiano Ronaldo

The Blancos star is more than satisfied with his individual campaign as he sets his sights on the Ballon d'Or, and believes that Barcelona's cycle has come to an end
Cristiano Ronaldo believes that he has had a perfect season with Real Madrid after helping his side to the 2011-12 Primera Division title.

Despite being unable to defend his Pichichi crown as the top scorer in La Liga and failing to win the Champions League, the Portugal international still felt that he can be happy with his performances during the campaign, although he is eyeing an improvement next term.

"Individually, my season has been a perfect 10. Collectively, it's been a nine as we could have won more titles, like the Champions League for example," Ronaldo said at a Castrol event which attended.

"My goal is to do even better next year. I know that it will be very difficult to score more than 46 goals in La Liga, but anything can happen in football. I really believe that I can still improve. I know that it's hard because of all the records that we beat, but you never know."

The attacker then went on to discuss the Ballon d'Or, and although refused to declare himself a favourite to claim the accolade, he assured that he will be turning to the European Championship to boost his chances of becoming the best player in the world.

"I'm not the one who decides whether I deserve the Ballon d'Or. I think I've had a fantastic season, where I've won an important title like La Liga, which is very hard to win.

"We'll have to wait and see, though. I'm focused on Euro 2012 now. I want to do well there. That will help my bid for the Ballon d'Or, too."

The Portuguese also reiterated that he should not be compared to Lionel Messi, as he feels he is a different player to the Barcelona star. The 27-year-old Real star netted an impressive 46 goals in La Liga this term, but was upstaged by Messi who found the net 50 times.

"I always try to improve and become a better player, but it's not a competition with Messi. It's something between all the teams and players. People always compare us, but it's impossible. You can't compare a Ferrari with a Porsche or a Mercedes.

"We are different players on different teams. He is a magnificent player, and we're always fighting - in a good way - to score more goals. All players compete with other players. It's a good thing."

Ronaldo is also adamant that Madrid are now the dominant force in La Liga after their successful 2011-12 league campaign where they dethroned Barcelona to become the Spanish champions, and is hopeful that the Blancos can maintain their status as the country's top team for many years to come.

"I think that the cycle has already changed. We beat Barcelona at home, which isn't easy, but we managed to do it. We also ended nine points clear of them in the table, and that's a big lead," he reasoned.

"So I think the cycle has changed, and I hope that the situation will stay like this for many years. Barcelona are a magnificent team, but so are we. We have shown this year that we are the better team at the moment."

Ronaldo then went on to praise outgoing Barca coach Pep Guardiola for his work with the Catalans, and wished the successful trainer all the best for the future.

"He has done a great job and has won many titles. He built a great team. You have to appreciate what he did and I wish him all the best."