Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi continue to give each other nice words after no longer confrontation as often as when playing in Spain.
Does Cristiano Ronaldo really admire Messi?
Speaking to RMC Sport, Ronaldo said: “I really admire Messi’s career. He said he had trouble when I left La Liga because Messi appreciated the competition between the two.”
“Like other sports, football also needs competition, and that’s really good for development. Michael Jordan has annoying opponents in basketball. The same is the case for Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost in F1 racing. The only thing they have in common between big competitions in every sport is that they are healthy “, CR7 concluded. Cristiano Ronaldo: “I respect Messi’s career”
Messi also “misses” Ronaldo
Previously, Messi has repeatedly acknowledged “missing Ronaldo” after CR7 left Real Madrid in the summer of 2018. The Argentine superstar admitted that El Clasico between Real and Barca is no longer as competitive as before Ronaldo was no longer available.
“Of course I miss Ronaldo. He makes Real Madrid stronger,” Messi told Fox Sports Argentina in June 2019.
“I said Real would feel the void that Ronaldo left behind, even if it happened to every team. Any club would miss Ronaldo in that situation. In Madrid, they went crazy when I said that, but it’s true”.
Messi also admits Cristiano Ronaldo helps him improve himself. “Having the best player in the world, the race in La Liga becomes more important. It’s good for Ronaldo and me. We always need to push ourselves.”
“There was no real friendship between me and Ronaldo. The two only met at matches and awards ceremonies, but we always had a good feeling about each other and talked a lot,” Messi concluded.
Ronaldo and Messi: Who is better?
According to Marco van Basten, Cristiano Ronaldo is a talented player, those who think he is better than Lionel Messi who do not understand football or say it with bad intent.
“Ronaldo is a great player of Portuguese football as well as contemporary football, but Messi is simply a name that cannot be compared with any other player,” said Marco van Basten in an interview on Corriere Della Sera.
“Messi is unique, inimitable, and repetitive. Players like him appear every 50 or 100 years. From an early age, he showed his football genius ability,” Dutch football legend rated Messi.
Pure talent, or hard work into talent, one way or another, it is indisputable here are two football legends that have an impact on contemporary football, they are not just outstanding individuals that change the history of a team, but also affect the overall development of the national football they or the team they contribute.
Everyone will have feelings for their idols, every comparison is lame. We admire the genius Lionel Messi and we admire the will of Cristiano Ronaldo.
The world football field will certainly be less attractive when there is no presence of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, two contemporary football legends.