Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have created a rivalry that football has never known in its entire history. Nevertheless, the two men respect each other despite the fact that they are often confronted in the debates. Moreover, CR7 admits not considering the Argentinian as a rival.
The last time we saw Messi and Ronaldo play on the same pitch dates back to December 8, 2020 on the last day of the Champions League group stages. That day, Cristiano Ronaldo slammed a double on penalty to allow Juve to win 3-0 before Messi’s Barça.
At the end of the meeting, the Argentinian was criticized from everywhere and the debate around the best between him and the Portuguese started again. But Ronaldo insisted on defending his eternal rival and reminded everyone that everyone can go through troubled times.
“I have always had a cordial relationship with Messi”Ronaldo told Movistar, as reported by ESPN. Like I said before, for 12, 13, 14 years I shared prizes with him. [Mais] I never saw him as a rival. He always tried the best for his team and I tried the best for mine. I’m sure he’ll say the same [me concernant] if you ask him. But we know that in football people are always looking for rivalry to create more excitement. »
“It’s always nice to play against him. Obviously people will talk about our rivalry when we meet, but for me it’s just a great privilege. Messi is the same as ever [sur le terrain]. Barcelona are in a difficult moment, but it’s still Barca. I’m sure they’ll be fine. All teams have bad streaks, but Barcelona are a very good team.”added Cristiano Ronaldo. Like what, outside of football, these two extraterrestrials respect each other.