Cristiano Ronaldo  (Photo: AP)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Photo: AP)

Lionel Messi has made me a better player and vice versa: Cristiano Ronaldo

  • Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have been two of the best players in the world and shared five Ballon d’Ors each in the last eleven years
  • Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi competed for every prize when they plied their trade in La Liga for Real Madrid and Barcelona

Cristiano Ronaldo has said his healthy rivalry with Lionel Messi has made him a player that he is today.

The duo have been two of the best players in the world and shared five Ballon d’Ors each in the last eleven years.

And now the Portuguese superstar has said that he would have struggled to reach the heights he has if it wasn’t for the Argentine urging him on with his own performances.

Speaking to Portuguese channel TV1, Ronaldo said,

'When I am winning trophies it must sting him and it's the same for me when he wins.

'I really admire the career he [Messi] has had and from his side, he has already talked of the disappointment when I left Spain because it was a rivalry that he appreciated.

'It's a good rivalry but it's not unique - Michael Jordan had rivalries in basketball, there was Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost in Formula 1. The thing they all had in common is that they were healthy rivalries.'

The former Manchester United player also went on to add that the two have an excellent working relationship and insisted he can see that the two will get along nicely when the two finally move on from playing.

'I have an excellent professional relationship [with Messi] because we have been sharing the same moments for 15 years,' he said.

'We've never had dinner together but I don't see why we can't in the future. I don't see a problem with that.'

Earlier, the Juventus striker had refused to rule out retiring at the end of this Serie A campaign which begins on 24th August with the Bianconeri starting against Parma.

Ronaldo was La Vechhia Signora’s leading scorer in the league with 21 goals as they went on to win their eighth title in a row.

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