Juventus star, Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed how the decade-long rivary between Lionel Messi and him has been of immense benefits to both of them.
The duo have been dominating the world football for over ten years, having had an equal share of five Ballon d’Or wins each before Luca Modric clinched it in 2018.
TheEcho reports that the duo of Messi and Ronaldo were also the leading forces in Spanish LaLiga between 2009 and 2018 before the latter pitched his tent with Juventus in Italy.
Speaking on his most pronounced rival, Ronaldo showered encomiums on Messi and wished that they have dinner together sometime in the future.
“I really admire the career he has had so far and, for his part, he has already said that he had trouble when I left the Spanish league because it is a rivalry that he appreciates.
“It is a good rivalry that exists in football, but this is no exception. Michael Jordan had rivals in basketball, Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost were great rivals in Formula 1, the only common point between all the big rivalries in the sport is that they are healthy.
“Messi makes me a better player and vice versa,” Ronaldo told Portuguese channel TVI.
Ronaldo described the rivalry between him and Messi as “excellent” and says he would have no issue having dinner with the Argentina at some point in the future.
“I have an excellent professional relationship with Messi because we have been sharing the same moments for 15 years.
“I have never been to dinner with him but why not in the future? I would have no problem with doing that,” Ronaldo added.