There is no competition with Messi: Cristiano Ronaldo

Written by: Biswajeet Panda
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Madrid, Jun 15: If you are a football fan, especially of the current crop of players, then it is most likely that among the favourites, one among Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi would surely be there. It won't be even wrong to say that, at the moment, Ronaldo vs Messi is a much intense debate than which is the better between Argentina and Brazil.

But Ronaldo is having none of it and insists that lifting trophies is more crucial to him than personal glory.

The Portuguese and Real Madrid striker also adds that he is not in competition with Lionel Messi, who is widely considered as the best footballer of this generation. Ronaldo has even revealed his admiration for the diminutive Argentine striker.

In an interview with Cadena Cope, Ronaldo has said, "I do not compete with Messi, I compete with myself and with all the teams in the league," and added, "Messi is a great player who is on a great team that has great players. He is someone I like a lot and can be the best because he has shown it."

Interestingly, apart from being considered as one of the top two footballers of this generation, Ronaldo and Messi play for Real Madrid and Barcelona, respectively. The two football clubs are bitter rivals in the La Liga.

Ronaldo, who scored 53 goals for his club Real Madrid still rues the fact that he couldn't help his team win either the La Liga or the UEFA Champions league. He said, "I would prefer to have scored half the goals and won the league or the Champions League," and added, "But I've felt more comfortable than last year and, individually, this was perhaps my best season."

Stressing that the difference between Barcelona and Real Madrid is on the wane, Ronaldo said, "They won because they were the best, but no team is unbeatable. Barca have a great team and a good coach, but we'll get there. We want to beat them and difficult things bring a different pleasure."

Now whether or not, Ronaldo meant what he says about his no-competition with Messi, the fact still remains that at the moment the duo remain the very best in the business.

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