Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo working on improving his game

Ronaldo is always looking to improve as a footballer. Credit: PA

He's already the popular choice as the world's best player, but Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed that he's working hard to improve three areas of his game.

The Real Madrid superstar believes he has "not had a great deal of success" recently with his left foot, acceleration and direct free-kicks.

Speaking to France Football magazine, the 29 year-old said:

I’m currently trying to improve my left foot, my acceleration and my direct free-kicks. I’ve not had a great deal of success recently with them. I know that it will come back. It’s just a question of having enough humility to know that without training hard, things won’t progress. Working on my game is my guide.

I’m sure that the competition between us [himself and Messi] is a motivating factor for him too. It’s good for me, for him and for other players who are keen to grow. Messi has four Ballon d`Or awards, I have three. This is all good for the world of football.

– Cristiano Ronaldo speaking to France Football magazine