Lionel Messi cherishes memories of Cristiano Ronaldo’s rivalry


Lionel Messi has admitted that he is still thinking about his tough duels with Cristiano Ronaldo during their respective times in La Liga.

The top-class Ronaldo vs. Messi era was one of the most fascinating in history, with the pair consistently breaking records in a never-ending attempt to assert superiority over the other in the biggest discussion of all time.

The nine-year era ended in 2019 when Ronaldo left Real Madrid for Juventus, while Messi is no longer in La Liga even after taking his talents to Paris Saint-Germain this summer.

“It was a long time since we stopped competing in the same league,” he reminded Marca. “We competed individually and as a team for the same goal.

“It was a very beautiful scene for us and also for the fans because they liked it very much. It is a beautiful memory that will remain in the history of football.”

Messi went on to reveal that he has kept an eye on Ronaldo’s performance with Manchester United this season, acknowledging that he has been impressed by Portugal’s national team players’ immediate impact on Old Trafford.

“United are a very strong team with fantastic players,” he continued. “Cristiano knew the club before, but it was at a different stage and now he has adapted in an impressive way. From the beginning, he has scored goals as always and had no problems adapting.

“In the Premier League it has not gone as well as we all thought, but it is a very difficult and even competition where things take many turns. After December, a lot changes and anything can happen.”

It is Ronaldo who has had the couple’s better individual form this season. He has scored nine goals in 14 games for United, while Messi has found the net four times in nine games for PSG and only recently scored his first Ligue 1 goal.

But from a team perspective, Messi can have the last laugh. None of them have really set the world on fire, but PSG are at the top of Ligue 1, 11 points ahead of their nearest competition, while United have fallen to eighth place in the Premier League and are 12 points behind leaders Chelsea.

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