Cristiano Ronaldo says he and Lionel Messi have mutual respect but are not good friends
The 31-year-old spoke about his long and famous rivalry with the Argentine.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Leo Messi have been the best of rivals, some would say enemies for quite a few years. The two have broken record after record, pushing each other to the limit, and many of us football fans are lucky to be in this particular era of football.
But not much has been said about the relationship between the two players. Whenever the question of who’s better has come up, Ronaldo has never shied away from proving he’s every bit as good as his Barcelona counterpart.
There have been times when Ronaldo has been annoyed to see Messi win the best player award and the same can be said about the Argentine. The two have also divided opinion across the footballing world as to who is the most complete footballer.
Some have wished that the two could be best of buddies off the pitch despite their rivalry but Ronaldo has admitted that it would be very difficult. But he also stated that there is no big rivalry between the two either.
Speaking to Coach Magazine he said, “There is a big mutual respect between myself and Messi. The media like to make out like we have this big rivalry, but we don't.It is not like we are good friends, but there is a mutual respect on both sides.”
Ronaldo might believe that there is no big rivalry between him and Messi but it doesn’t look that way when the two are playing on the pitch. Every time they step out there is this ambition to win that drives them.
But Ronaldo not being good friends with Messi is the best thing for their rivalry considering they compete for the same competitions year in year out.
Is Ronaldo causing a rift in the dressing room?
Ronaldo’s recent form has been the topic of much debate among the football fraternity. So much so, that he’s now dividing loyalties in the dressing room according to Mundo Deportivo.
There was reportedly an incident in training where the Portuguese locked horns with James Rodriguez. Then there is Toni Kroos who was visibly upset during Madrid's last La Liga game after he decided to shoot rather than pass it to the German.
His antics after Morata scored the winner for Madrid late in the game when he raised his arm towards the linesman supposedly asking for offside because he didn’t score the goal enraged some of his supporters.
But it’s hard to keep a good man down and fans will hope Ronaldo will have his shooting boots back soon.