The Portuguese forward is looking for his sixth Ballon d'Or title this year, the same as Lionel Messi, who hasn't won it since 2015, coming second in the past two years.
"The rivals? The same as usual, although I do not know if Messi will be on the podium this time", Ronaldo said.
He opened up on the experience when he spoke to The Players' Tribune alongside National Basketball Association star Steph Curry.
"With Messi, I learned every day, whether during practise, or playing with him, or just watching him play".
"Everyone feels much stronger alongside him".
"He is a player with a lot of talent, the greatest hope in Brazil", he said at the time.
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La tragedia ocurrió horas después de finalizado el encuentro que terminó en empate 1 a 1 entre Leicester City y West-Ham United. Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha falleció en trágico accidente .
"So, they are two of the big guys that I can relate to, because I want to learn, I want more, I want to win, I want more trophies, score more goals... so I keep learning from them every day", he said.
The 26-year-old listed his World Cup 2014-ending back injury and overcoming his injury earlier this year to participate in this summer's World Cup in Russian Federation.
"The other moment happened this year, after my first surgery". When I see him I understand that there are no shortcuts in football'.
For Di Maria's teammate Neymar, the situation is a little different.
"There's only one player who has won the Champions League and the World Cup - it's Varane. The Ballon D'Or? Yes, I think I deserve it".
For Vinicius, it was a boost that one of the greatest players in the history of football, an inspiring figure for him, was there to look after him.