Cristiano Ronaldo is aware he has an image problem. I suppose there’s already a problem when you’re in a position to talk about your ‘image problem.’ I mean, could you imagine Leighton Baines speaking to his public image? “Yeah, I suppose I worry people might think I’ve time traveled from 1972 to find my future son and help him in the coming resistance against the robots.”

Anyway, he had this to say on the whether his image has affected his chances in the past when it comes to winning the FIFA-ruined Ballon d’Or prize:

“It’s question that I never give the 100% right answer, because sometimes I really don’t know. Maybe I agree, I have bad image on the pitch… because I’m too serious, but if you really know me, if you are my friend, if I leave you inside my house, if you share the day with me, you will know I hate to lose.

“People who call me arrogant, I would like to sit with them and to have a chat with them to see which way to they think I’m arrogant because I think they need to sit with me to know who is the real Cristiano.”

Again, perhaps Lionel Messi does interviews where he wonders why people don’t take the time to learn about the ‘real Lionel,’ thereby triggering the part of my brain that alerts me to the well-known fact that people who refer to themselves in the third person probably have an image problem.

But if memory serves, Messi tends to say things like, “Madrid are one of the best teams in the world and games against them are always nice to play. Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the best, and Pepe is a great defender.”

This isn’t about Messi though. It’s about Ronaldo, and his image problem.