Lionel Messi did not hesitate to express admiration for Cristiano Ronaldo
Even though he is known to have a tight rivalry with Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi does not necessarily feel proud to recognize the greatness of the Portuguese mega star. In fact, this 6 Ballon d’Or winner admits he is amazed at the Juventus striker.
Football seems to have been dominated by only two players in the last decade, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Both seemed to take turns holding each other the title of the world’s best player during that period.
Not only in individual achievements, where in total, both of them have won 11 Ballons d’Or, but also in the achievements with their respective teams.
Cristiano Ronaldo with a number of great achievements with Real Madrid, while Messi won a number of prestigious titles with Barcelona.
In an interview with La Sexta, Messi was initially asked to reveal the figure of the athlete he thought deserved to be considered the best or the least amazing.
At that time, Messi mentioned several names in several sports including LeBron James, Rafael Nadal and others.
“There are many amazing athletes,”
“Rafa Nadal, Roger Federer, LeBron James. In all sports, there is an athlete who stands out and is praised for his work and what he does every day, “Messi replied in an interview with La Sexta as quoted by Football Espana.
As for the field of football, Lionel Messi surprisingly considers Cristiano Ronaldo to be one of the best. The Argentina captain admits that he admires Cristiano Ronaldo and other best athletes in their respective sports.
“Cristiano Ronaldo is another example in football. There are many. I admire all the athletes who stand out. “Messi said.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi once again competed in the FIFA world best player category some time ago. Unfortunately, the award was eventually won by Robert Lewandowski.
Ronaldo recently beat Messi to win the Player of the Century award from the Globe Soccer Awards. Both are believed to be competing again in several other awards.
But what is clear, this year’s Ballon d’Or award was canceled by France Football because of the pandemic that made the pace of football so unusual.