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‘Incredible player’ – Cristiano Ronaldo praises his rival Lionel Messi and jokes that he would sell a lot of shirts if they played together

'Incredible player' - Cristiano Ronaldo praises his rival Lionel Messi and jokes that he would sell a lot of shirts if they played together

Cristiano Ronaldo has praised his longtime rival Lionel Messi, describing the Argentine as an incredible player.

Between 2008 and 2021, Ronaldo and Messi have won the Ballon d’Or 12 times. Messi has won the award seven times, compared to Ronaldo’s five wins, but there’s no doubt that there’s enormous mutual respect between the two.

Ronaldo hit the headlines last week after his bombshell interview with Piers Morgan was published on TalkTV, where he criticized the current state of the club, while also heavily criticizing Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag and d former teammates, including Gary Neville and Wayne. Rooney.

In the second part of the interview, Ronaldo touched on several other high-profile issues, including the subject of Messi.

“Amazing player, he’s magic, top,” Ronaldo said.

“As a person we share the stage 16 years, imagine, 16 years we share. So I have a great relationship with him.

“I’m not a friend of him in terms of, what I mean by friend is the guy who was with you in your house, talking on the phone, no, but he’s like a teammate.

“He’s a guy I really respect for the way he always talks about me. Even his wife or and my girlfriend, they still respect each other and they’re from Argentina.

“My girlfriend is from Argentina. So good. What am I going to say about Messi? A great guy who does great things for football.

“Probably the best player I’ve ever seen (apart from myself). Maybe Zidane. Who I play and fight with, yes.

Messi and Ronaldo have both been linked with a move to Inter Miami – the MLS franchise which David Beckham co-owns and which is managed by Phil Neville.

And Ronaldo also joked that if they played together on the same team they would ‘sell a lot of shirts’.

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