Cristiano Ronaldo had himself a banner year.
No, his season won't end atop the UEFA Champions League winners' podium, and his miss in the penalty kick shootout in the UCL semifinals certainly put a damper on his 2011-2012 resume, but after a season in which Ronaldo scored against every team in La Liga, tallied 46 goals in league play and 60 across all competitions and led Real Madrid to a record 100 points en route to their 32nd Spanish league title, his place as one of the world's greatest players is secure.
In a sit-down interview with CNN, Ronaldo talked about his and Real Madrid' record season, Jose Mourinho, his Champions League disappointment and his individual rivalry with Lionel Messi.
When the subject of his personal rivalry with Messi came up and how the two are always compared, Ronaldo said (with a noted sarcastic laugh at the end): "It's not about who is better. I just don't like to be compared with anybody. Some people say I'm better, other people say it's him, but at the end of the day, they're going to decide who is the best player at the moment, which I think is me."
Video of the interview is after the jump:
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