Cristiano Ronaldo lifts lid on relationship with Lionel Messi

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Cristiano Ronaldo has said Lionel Messi is ‘like a team-mate’ as he opens up on the relationship he has with his fellow footballing superstar during his tell-all interview with Piers Morgan. The duo are considered to be the two greatest players of all time with debates between fans of both players often becoming intense as they fight their player’s corner. 

Ronaldo and Messi have been performing at the top level in football for over 15 years and have shared 12 Ballon d’Ors between them with the Argentine ahead by two. They have also been in close competition for club silverware throughout their careers and built up a tense rivalry while their club’s Barcelona and Real Madrid battled each other for every major trophy. 

The pair are considered to be two of the best players of all time with many considering that it is between them for the status as football’s GOAT. It has been regularly presumed there is some kind of animosity between the duo as they compete for the major honours, but Ronaldo has insisted this is not the case suggesting they are more like ‘team-mates’.  

“Amazing player, he is magic,” he told Piers Morgan Uncensored. “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 his in terms of, what I mean friend is the guy who was with you in your house, speaking on the phone, no, but it’s like a team-mate.

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“He’s a guy that I really respect the way he always speaks about me. Even his wife or my wife, my girlfriend, they always respect and they’re from Argentina. My girlfriend is from Argentina. So good. What I am going to say about Messi? A great guy who does great things for football.” 

The first half of Ronaldo’s interview with Morgan was broadcast on Wednesday and the 37-year-old joked about breaking Messi’s shirt sale record on his return to Manchester United and this was again a topic in the second part. The Portugal captain suggested he and Messi would sell a lot of shirts if they were ever on the same team when asked if it could ever be a possibility. 

Neither player is yet to win the World Cup with the tournament in Qatar offering their last chance of doing so before retirement. If Argentina or Portugal were to be victorious the GOAT debate could be definitively over, with whoever lifts the trophy taking the accolade. 

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