𝐌𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐢 clarifies on his rivalry with Cristiano Ronaldo in a recent interview.
A Journalist asked Messi, “You have now won the eighth Ballon d’Or and you have three more than Cristiano Ronaldo. So is the competition over?”.
Lionel Messi responded, “It was an epic competition between brackets”.
“Athletically, Cristiano was very good and I think we benefited from each other because we are both very competitive and he also always wants to win over everyone and everything”.
“I think it was a very beautiful period for us and for those who love football in general”.
“What we have done all this time is very appreciable because as they say it is easy to reach the top but difficult to stay. We stayed at the top for ten or fifteen years, I’m not sure how many, and it was very difficult”.
“It was very difficult to continue at this level and I think it was a great thing and a beautiful memory for everyone who enjoys football”.
Credit: Interview quotes taken from Fabrizio Romano Facebook page.