Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have dominated the football world together for almost a decade now and it seems that they will continue to do so for a couple of more years.
The two have enjoyed a healthy rivalry with each other and the debate between football fans on who is better out of Messi and Ronaldo will continue to roll in for many years to come.
While speaking to a Spanish daily recently, the Argentine striker shed light on his relationship with his rival. Although both footballers try to refrain from talking about each other, on Saturday. Nov. 25, Messi took up a host of questions on Ronaldo.
Despite their rivalry on the pitch, Messi insists there is no issue between the pair, however they are unlikely to become best friends any time soon.
“I don’t know if we will be,” Messi told Marca, when asked if he would ever become close with his rival.
“Friendship is built through spending time together and getting to know each other.
“We have no relationship, mainly because we only see each other at awards ceremonies and that’s the only time we speak.
“Everything is fine, but our lives don’t cross over very often.”
After helping Madrid win the Champions League with two goals in the final against Juventus, Ronaldo is the favourite to win the Ballon d’Or again this year. It will be the Portugal international’s fifth award, equalling Messi’s record tally.
The duo have finished first and second each year since 2008, but Messi believes that their dominance will be broken in the near future as other players challenge them for the crown of the best player in the world.
When asked about the potential players who can take on the mantle of Ballon d’Or, Messi said:
“There are many great players around today who can win the Ballon d’Or. In recent years there have just been two, but now players like Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Luis Suarez can compete for that award.”
Ronaldo moved to Spain in 2009 and he has enjoyed a healthy rivalry with Lionel Messi ever since. Both players are now into their 30’s.
Ronaldo began the 2017-18 season with undisputed contention to this year’s Ballon d’Or but his performances have waned, especially in La Liga as he has registered only two goals this term in 9 games.
On the other hand, Lionel Messi has continued his tremendous strike rate and sits at the top of the list of scorers in Spanish league 2017/18 with 12 goals in as many games.
Messi who was officially announced to have signed a new four-year contract at the Nou Camp, won his fourth European Golden Shoe award on Friday. He picked up the trophy for the fourth time, which put him level with Ronaldo. The trophy is awarded annually to the player who finishes as the top domestic scorer in Europe during the previous season.