Real Madrid and Barcelona players don’t often see eye to eye but this has not stopped Lionel Messi from showering praises on his rival, Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Argentine hailed the ability of the Portuguese after the megastar propelled lo Blanco’s to their 13th Champions League title.
No bad blood between us
Lionel Messi hailed the quality of Cristiano Ronaldo after the Portuguese star helped Real Madrid retain their Champions League title for the second year running.
The Barcelona icon and Ronaldo are often competing for club and individual honours in World football with the Madrid forward being the most likely player to win the next Ballon d’Or, equaling Messi’s record.
The Argentine, however, says that the rivalry between the both of them is over hyped by the media and that he is happy to praise the ability of Ronaldo.
According to Lionel Messi, the consistency and work rate of Ronaldo over the years is quite amazing and he believes he is one of the best players the game has ever seen.
“The issues surrounding our rivalry is the invention of the media and doesn’t really reflect how we feel about each other both on and off the pitch” Messi revealed to Tencent Sports.
“What we want is to do our best every year, for our teams and what is said in the media doesn’t really affect us much.”
“Ronaldo is a phenomenal player with a lot of qualities and every year he works hard to improve and for that reason, I can say is one of the best in the game of football.”
Cristiano Ronaldo’s Year
Ronaldo is expected to match Lionel Messi’s Ballon d’Or record this year after trailing the Barcelona man 1-4 and it is expected that they will dominate the world of football for the foreseeable future.