Cristiano Ronaldo eyeing second Ballon d'Or prize

The Portuguese superstar told that he has worked hard all season to win both team and individual trophies and is aiming to be named the world's best player for 2012
By Alex Labidou

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted that it would be "fantastic" to win the Ballon d'Or for 2012.

The Portugal star was awarded the accolade in 2008 when it was given to the European Footballer of the Year, but Lionel Messi has taken both titles since it was merged with the Fifa World Player of the Year honour in 2010.

Having also taken the prize in 2009, Messi has now won out three years in a row, becoming the first player to achieve such a feat since Michel Platini between 1983 and 1985.

"It would be fantastic [to win the trophy]," Ronaldo told

Ronaldo admitted that at the start of last season he targeted winning as many trophies as possible for both his club and himself.

He has already sealed the La Liga title with Real Madrid and also topped the 50 list of the world's best players, and is now looking to seal the Ballon d'Or to cap off a successful season.

"It would mean a lot, I've worked all season for that to win both collective and individual trophies," he said.

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Earlier this week, named Ronaldo the top player in the world. USA editors Eric Gomez and Zac Lee Rigg were on hand to present Ronaldo with the award on the campus of UCLA.

"It's a matter of pride for me to win this award," said the two-time 50 winner. "I would not have been able to do it without the support of my teammates."

Ronaldo is looking to build off his most successful season in Spain so far in 2011-12. The former Manchester United player won his first La Liga crown as a member of Los Merengues, while scoring 60 goals across all competitions in 55 games, including 46 strikes in the domestic championship.

He also scored 10 times in as many matches during Real Madrid's Champions League run to the semi-finals, where they suffered defeat to Bayern Munich.

"My immediate goals are to work to the fullest with my team in order to fight for all the available championships," Ronaldo added.

"I don’t prioritize one because I want to conquer however many I can, but to do that we'll have to fight our hardest and do it with humility."