(Reuters) – They outlined the ‘El Clasico’ rivalry between Actual Madrid and Barcelona for the previous decade however Cristiano Ronaldo stated he has all the time obtained on properly with Lionel Messi and by no means noticed him as a rival.
Ronaldo, now taking part in for Juventus, scored two penalties to assist the Italian champions safe a 3-0 win over Messi’s Barcelona within the Champions League on Tuesday.
It was the primary assembly between Ronaldo and Messi because the Portuguese ahead left Actual Madrid for Juventus in 2018. Between them the pair have gained the Ballon d’Or in 11 of the previous 12 years.
“I’ve all the time had a cordial relationship with Messi,” Ronaldo advised Movistar. “As I’ve stated earlier than, for 12, 13, 14 years (I’ve been) sharing prizes with him.
“I by no means noticed him as a rival. He all the time tried the very best for his crew, and I attempted the very best for mine. I all the time obtained on properly with him. I’m certain he’ll say the identical should you ask him.
“However we all know in soccer, individuals all the time search for a rivalry to create extra pleasure.”
Ronaldo is hoping the win may present an “injection of confidence” for Juventus, who’re presently fourth within the Italian Serie A standings.
Barcelona are additionally trying to get well from a below-par begin to their home league marketing campaign.
“Messi is similar as ever (on the pitch),” Ronaldo stated. “Barcelona are in a troublesome second, however they’re nonetheless Barca. I’m certain they may come out of it. All groups have dangerous runs, however Barcelona are an excellent crew.”
(Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Enhancing by Christian Radnedge)