Cristiano Ronaldo renewed his long-term feud with former La Liga nemesis Lionel Messi this week – a rivalry that heated up when the Juventus star arrived in Spain in 2009. https://www.instagram.com/tv/B1xEjzuo475/?igshid=1vojqbza84w1m
The Portuguese superstar insisted the main difference between himself and Messi is the number of teams he’s played for and the Champions League winners’ medals he’s won at different clubs.
The debate over which of Ronaldo and Messi is the better has raged over recent years and Ronaldo chimed in to promote himself.
It was yet another self-promoting quote from the former Manchester United star, who has long felt he should be considered the world’s greatest footballer ahead of Barcelona star Messi.
So, what has he said in the past? Mirror Football trawls through the archives…Cristiano Ronaldo pictured with Lionel Messi (Image: AFP/Getty Images) Read More “I’m No.1 for a reason”, May 2009
Speaking ahead of Barcelona’s 2009 Champions League final with Manchester United, the 2008 World Player of the Year, then starring for Madrid, insisted he would remain No.1 – even if Messi’s Barca clinched the crown (and they did…).
“It made me proud to be recognised as the best. I always believed I was the best, but it was an honour to become the official number one – and I still think I am at the top,” Ronaldo said, per Sky Sports .
“Sometimes it is clear that if it is a close fight between two players for the European or world player of the year then winning the Champions League can decide the outcome.
“I won it last year because Manchester United won the Champions League and the Premier League, but I also won it because I scored 42 goals myself.”Ronaldo’s rivalry dates back to 2009, when he arrived in Spain with Real Madrid (Image: AFP/Getty Images) Read More “I’m better – bit I’m tired of being compared to Messi”, May 2012
Speaking after claiming his debut La Liga crown with Madrid, which saw them finish nine points above Barca, Ronaldo made it clear which footballer finished the season on top.
“Some people say I’m better, other people say it’s him, but at the end of the day, they’re going to decide who is the best player,” Ronaldo told CNN .
“At the moment … I think it is me.
“Sometimes (the comparisons with Messi) make me tired … for him too because they compare us together all the time.
“He does the best things for Barcelona, I do the best things for Madrid.
“I think we push each other sometimes in the competition, this is why the competition is so high.”Ronaldo and Messi battle for the ball Read More “We’ll look back at our rivalry and laugh”, August 2014
Speaking to Marca , Ronaldo revealed how he admires what Messi has done for Barcelona and Argentina – and that the pair will laugh about their on-the-pitch rivalry in years to come.
“We’re colleagues. We’re work friends, so to speak, and so, obviously, we don’t have a relationship outside the world of football, just as we don’t with a lot of other players.
“He tries to do his best for his club and for his national team, as I do, and there is a degree of rivalry with both of us trying to do the best for the teams we represent.
“I hope so (we can laugh about it). Football is a game, a pastime and something we like to do.
“Football is a great thing that everyone likes to watch. We have to look on this rivalry with a positive spirit, because it’s a good thing.”Portugal’s Ronaldo with Argentina’s Messi during an international game in 2014 (Image: Getty Images) Read More “We have a good relationship – but we’re not friends”, June 2017
It seems to be a familiar theme that Ronaldo speaks about his non-existent friendship with Messi, and he did repeated a very similar message two years ago.
“In terms of my relationship with Messi, I’m not his friend but we are colleagues,” Ronaldo said, as Mirror Football reported.
“We’ve shared a lot of moments together in premieres over the last 10 years and I have a very good relationship with him.
“We don’t sit down to eat together, but I respect him. He’s a work colleague, not a rival.
“I like to see all the good footballers and he is one of them, it’s a good crack. I really enjoy seeing him play.
“How would I not like someone who hasn’t done anything bad – it’s the opposite. When they ask Messi about Cristiano, he also talks positively about me.
“My relationship with him is cordial and we have mutual respect for each other.”Messi, Antonella Roccuzzo and Ronaldo during the Best FIFA Football Awards 2017 (Image: PA Archive) Read More “It was never a rivalry with Messi”, July 2018
Ronaldo called time on his glittering spell in La Liga last summer when he joined Juventus .
And in his first press conference with the Italians, the Portuguese seemingly backtracked on comments he’s made in the past…
“I don’t have rivalries against players,” he said, per O Jogo . “That’s not part of my ethics.
“It was a good challenge against Messi, you all enjoyed it and it was interesting. But I never thought of it as a rivalry.”Ronaldo’s last Madrid meeting against Messi was last year before he left to join Juventus (Image: REX/Shutterstock) Read More “Only two players are able to sustain greatness – Messi and I!”, October 2018
When asked how many players are capable of playing at the highest level for more than 10 years, Ronaldo was very complimentary in his praise for Messi.
“You count them on one hand. There are two, Messi and I,” Ronaldo told France Football, per Sport .Ronaldo is now starring in Italy with Juve (Image: AFP/Getty Images) Read More “I’d welcome Messi to Italy”, December 2018
After making the switch to Serie A, Ronaldo insisted that it was the right move and suggested Messi should follow suit.
“I’ve played in England, Spain, Italy, Portugal and for my national team, while he’s still in Spain,” Ronaldo told Gazzetta dello Sport, per the Independent .
“Maybe he needs me more… For me, life is a challenge, I like it and I like to make people happy.
“I’d like him to come to Italy one day. I hope he accepts the challenge like me, but if he’s happy there then I respect that.”Ronaldo would welcome Messi to Italy (Image: Getty Images) Read More Mirror Football’s Top Stories “I’ve won the Champions League with more than one club”, August 2019
Ronaldo has lifted the premium European competition at United, in 2008, and Real, where he lifted the trophy four times.
Messi has won it four times, all with Barca – which is why the Juve star rates himself better than the Argentine…
“The difference with Messi is that I played for several clubs and won the Champions League with different clubs,” said Ronaldo in his DAZN documentary ‘The Making Of’.
“I was top scorer in the Champions League six seasons in a row. There aren’t many players who won five Champions League trophies, so this is why I feel that I can identity myself with this tournament.
“Messi is an excellent player who will be remembered not just for his Ballon d’Or wins, but also for having improved – like me – year after year.
“I wake up every morning with the idea in my head of training with the objective of achieving something more, not just to earn money.
“Thank God, I don’t lack money, so what I want to earn is a place in the history of football.”
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