Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo is confident he will go down in history as one of the sport's best players, helped by his status as the Champions League's all-time top scorer.

The three-time FIFA Ballon d'Or winner has netted 93 goals in Europe's elite club competition, including five hat-tricks.

His closest rival is Barcelona's Lionel Messi, who is 10 goals behind him in the Champions League scoring charts.

Last 10 Ballon D'Or winners
2015 - Lionel Messi
2014 - Cristiano Ronaldo 
2013 - Cristiano Ronaldo
2012 - Lionel Messi 
2011 - Lionel Messi 
2010 - Lionel Messi 
2009 - Lionel Messi 
2008 - Cristiano Ronaldo 
2007 - Kaka 
2006 - Fabio Cannavaro

"I don't doubt that I will go down in footballing history," Ronaldo, 31, told the UEFA website (www.uefa.com) in an interview.

"Whether people like it or not, the numbers speak for themselves. I will be up there with the rest. Some like it more, some like it less, but I have no doubt that I'm already in the history of football.

"I always felt that I was a special player ... I've always worked hard, believed in my potential and I've developed more and more as a player, as a person, as a human being."

Ronaldo has 16 Champions League goals this season, the most by any player in a single campaign, which has propelled 10-times European Cup winners Real to a semi-final with Manchester City.

The Portugal international, who missed last week's goalless first-leg, will aim to extend his scoring record on Wednesday when Real and City battle at the Santiago Bernabeu for the right to face Atletico Madrid in the final in Milan on May 28.

"It's a privilege to know that I'm the leading goalscorer of all time in the Champions League. Obviously, I feel very happy at having achieved that.

"It's a special competition and a competition that Real Madrid love. I've been lucky enough to win it twice and obviously I want to win it more - hopefully again this year."

Real Madrid have been the richest football club by revenue for 11 straight years, according to the Deloitte's Football Money League.

Real topped the list published in January this year with an annual revenue of €577m ($629.3m) as the combined figure for the top 20 Money League clubs rose by 8 percent to a record high of €6.6bn ($7.2bn).

 

Source: Reuters