Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo says his relationship with Argentine icon Lionel Messi is perfect despite their healthy competition for individual titles and awards.
"I have shared the competition with Messi for individual awards for 15 years. Has this ever happened in the history of the ball?" Ronaldo said on the sidelines of the UEFA Awards ceremony in Monaco on Thursday.
The Portuguese star "My relationship with Messi off the pitch is good, we did not have dinner together, but it will happen in the future sooner or later."
"I miss playing in Spain. It was an extreme and beautiful competition between us," Cristiano said.
Asked if he would retire in the same year that Messi would end his career, the Portuguese captain replied with a laugh: `` Lionel is two years younger, yet I look handsome compared to my age. I look forward to being and competing for individual awards next year, and in two or three years, I will not retire despite the nose of my haters. ''
Lionel Messi's words were very diplomatic and friendly to Cristiano Ronaldo.``I was delighted to compete with Ronaldo, '' he said.
"I always strive to score; it is a great feeling for me, the team and the fans," he said.
Cristiano spoke about his career in 2019, noting: `` Last season was special, I left Real Madrid after nine years, and moved to Juventus, where the Italian league is one of the strongest competitions. ''
"I won three titles, the Super Cup, the league and the European Championship with Portugal. The season was fruitful on a personal level, and my distinction was thanks to my team-mates."
With great pride, Cristiano Ronaldo spoke of the period in which he dominated individual titles in Europe and the world alongside Argentine Lionel Messi, saying this has never happened before.
`` I won three titles, two titles with Juventus and one in the European Championship with Portugal when we beat the Netherlands. After nine years with Real Madrid, I had a new challenge in the Italian league, '' he said...
Ronaldo said: "Did it happen before? Fifteen years and we are in the top ranks of these awards, and I do not think this happened in the history of the ball."
As for their relationship off the pitch, Ronaldo said: "Our relationship off the pitch is good, but we did not have dinner together, we will do so in the future."
"We both wrote his name in the football book," he said.
He also questioned whether he would retire at the same time as Lionel Messi. "He is younger than me, but I look handsome and immature compared to my age. I hope to be in the same place next season. ".
Lionel Messi won the top scorer award in the Champions League 2018-2019, while he and Ronaldo watched only Virgil van Dyke crowned the player of the year.
Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo has talked about his relationship with arch-rivals Lionel Messi on the sidelines of Europe's best party.
Dutch star Virgil van Dijk won the European Footballer of the Year award at the expense of Messi and Ronaldo, the latter two competing for the prize in the last 15 years. "I have not had dinner together yet," Ronaldo said before the announcement.
"Messi and I wrote our names in history books, the competition between us made us look great." Messi joked: "Messi is two years younger than me, but I look handsome and young compared to my age."
Barcelona's Lionel Messi, Juventus's Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk were among the three winners.
Messi was the top scorer in the Champions League last season with 12 goals, added three assists, while at the local level, he was awarded the Spanish league's top scorer with 36 goals in 34 games, in addition to 15 assists, while Van Dijk played a crucial role in deciding Liverpool won the Champions League title for the sixth time in his career, noting that he played 12 games in the tournament, scoring two goals and making the same, as he was crowned with the "Reds" in the European Super Cup, Cristiano Ronaldo was crowned with Portugal for the European Championships, and Juventus with the title Italian league "Calcio", the Super Cup Italy.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have been engaged in a lively debate before the name of the best player in the world are revealed during the Champions League draw for 2020.
Speaking to Messi, Ronaldo said they had a good relationship off the pitch, and there has never been a history of two players competing for international awards for 15 years.
He continued jokingly: "I did not have dinner with Messi before, but we should have that soon, noting Messi asked to have dinner with him to consolidate relations between them."
UEFA has announced the list of competitors for the European Footballer of the Year award, which included Liverpool's Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk, Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Juventus striker Cristiano Ronaldo.
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