MADEIRA, Portugal — The questions kept on coming. What about the Ballon d'Or? La Decima? A title with Portugal, perhaps? Cristiano Ronaldo's new museum was officially opened in Madeira on Sunday, but for the Real Madrid forward, the space remains very much a work in progress.
Ronaldo was keen to avoid mention of the Ballon d'Or. "All trophies are important," he told more than 60 journalists from Portuguese and international media at the inauguration in Funchal. "I don't want to mention a specific one." But pressed on FIFA and France Football's prestigious prize, he added: "If it arrives, then I will find a space for it."
No doubt about that. Ronaldo's previous Ballon d'Or is the centrepiece of an impressive collection of individual and team trophies at the Museu CR7, along with a European Golden Shoe, a FIFA World Player of the Year award (since 2010 merged with the Ballon d'Or) and a replica of the Champions League he won with Manchester United in 2008.