Cristiano Ronaldo has extra motivation ahead of Portugal's Euro 2012 quarterfinal showdown with the Czech Republic after being told he would not be good enough to make the team at hated rival Barcelona.
Following a superb club season, the Real Madrid star hopes to clinch his first piece of international silverware and believes he should be the favorite to win the Ballon d'Or – the world player of the year award currently held by Barca's Lionel Messi.
However, Barca club president Sandro Rosell insisted this week that Ronaldo's talents were hyped up unrealistically and his technical ability was below that of every Barca starter.
"Cristiano Ronaldo is not the best player in the world," Rosell said. "He is the 12th. The first 11 are the Barcelona players. Outside Spain everyone is clear that Messi should win the Ballon d'Or but not here (in Spain)."
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