Ronaldo responds to Blatter criticism

The Real Madrid forward has issued a statement after the FIFA president said Ronaldo "spends more time at the hairdressers" than rival Lionel Messi.
Cristiano Ronaldo has responded to Sepp Blatter after the FIFA president revealed he preferred Lionel Messi over the Portuguese forward.

In a debate at the Oxford Union, the 77-year-old claimed "one spends more time at the hairdressers than the other" in reference to Ronaldo, before saying he preferred Messi, as well as describing him as a "kind man and a good boy."

The comments have resulted in Real Madrid writing to FIFA to call for Blatter to apologize over the remarks, with Ronaldo now giving his own reaction.

Ronaldo posted a video of the Swiss executive making fun of him alongside his own statement on both his Facebook and Twitter accounts.

The 28-year-old said: "This video shows the respect and consideration that FIFA has for me, my club and my country. Much is explained now. I wish Mr. Blatter health and a long life, with the certainty that he'll continue to witness the successes of his favourite teams and players."

Ronaldo and Messi were both named on a 23-man short list for the Ballon d'Or on Tuesday.