Cristiano Ronaldo speaks about competition between Lionel Messi and the sixth Ballon d'Or

Cristiano Ronaldo opened up his rivalry with Lionel Messi as both chase a landmark sixth victory of the Ballon d'Or

Cristiano Ronaldo claims to have a "healthy rivalry" with Lionel Messi-but he says that when they were rivals of La Liga, he felt his presence more.


The pair were at the forefront of the Barcelona-Real Madrid rivalry before Ronaldo quit Spain in 2018 to join Juventus.
As a Real Madrid player between 2009 and 2018, Ronaldo won four of his five Ballon d'Or crowns, during which time he dominated the individual accolade alongside Messi.

Following Ronaldo's Real Madrid exit when former team-mate Luka Modric beat them both to the title, their domination streak came to an end last year.
And Ronaldo admits that playing in the same league has improved both himself and Messi as he opened up on their contest.
"Some people have said that being together in Spain has made us better," Ronaldo told France Football.
"I felt his presence in Madrid more than in Manchester, that's certainly true. "It was a healthy rivalry.


"We were the symbols of our clubs. I think he said recently on a competitive level that he missed me."
All superstars are in consideration for having been placed on the shortlist of France Football for a record sixth Ballon d'Or in December, with Messi being deemed the main threat to Virgil van Dijk. But the exclusive interview with the magazine by Ronaldo has sparked rumors in Italy that he is now emerging as a real contender for lifting the coveted Golden Ball.
Discussing his reputation as one of the greatest of all time, Ronaldo added: "It's always nice to talk about it in a flattering way." It's nice to say that I was the best, a fantastic player.


"I hear all they're saying about me today, but when it's all over, I'm not going to mind at the end of my career because I'm going to disconnect from it all."

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