Football fans have been debating daily for years about who is better between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi but the Portuguese forward himself took the microphones this Wednesday to end the rivalry between the two because they are no longer facing each other in the elite of football.
During Portugal’s rally in Lisbon ahead of the Euro 2024 qualifiers, Cristiano Ronaldo referred to the fact that the fan has to understand that once their sports rivalry is over, only admiration remains and that this does not mean that one should love one and hate the other.
“The rivalry was over, it was a good rivalry. We respect each other a lot. If you love Cristiano, you don’t have to hate Messi. Why hate Messi or vice versa. We both changed the history of football and we respected each other. The rivalry is over. We are both very good and we have changed the history of football”, said the attacker.
Cristiano took advantage of the moment to remember that he has never considered Messi his friend, but because he has not been able to share closely with him, although he assured that he felt respect for the Argentine number 10.
“We have shared the stage for 15 years and we have ended up being, I won’t say friends, I have never dined with him (laughs), but we are colleagues by profession and we respect each other.“he added.
Asked about the animosity between his followers and those of the former Barcelona player, Cristiano ruled out any “hate”.
The current Al-Nassr player also stated that Messi, from what he has seen so far, “is doing well” at Inter Miami and that, although he is no longer a direct rival of the Argentine, “the legacy will continue.”