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'I Could Have Become Like Messi Or CR7, I Simply Didn't Feel Like It'

A former Real Madrid star has claimed he could have reached the same level as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, but preferred to have glass of alcohol at supper time.

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Dutchman Wesley Sneijder was one of the famous players to miss out on a Ballon d'Or title during the Messi and Ronaldo reign, much like Andres Iniesta and Franck Ribery.

Many thought Sneijder would claim the prestigious award in 2010 after playing a key role in Inter Milan's historic treble-winning season, but the accolade went to Messi.

Sneijder, who retired in 2018, has now insisted he did not have any desire to become a superstar at the level of Messi and Ronaldo, who have won 11 Ballon d'Or titles between them.

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"I could have become like Messi or Ronaldo. I simply didn't feel like it," the Dutchman told Sky Sports journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, as per the Daily Mail.

"I enjoyed my life, maybe I had a glass [of wine] at dinner.

"Leo and Cristiano are different, they have made many sacrifices, and that's fine with me.

"My career, however, was still amazing."

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