Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have many fans who fight over their favorite footballer. But Ronaldo thinks that there is no need for all that. Being a fan of Cristiano Ronaldo doesn't mean he doesn't like Lionel Messi. The two footballers have many supporters, who fight over their favorite footballer. But Ronaldo thinks there is no need for all that. Ronaldo doesn't want someone to hate Messi because he likes him.
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Cristiano Ronaldo has declared his feud with Lionel Messi is "over". Messi and Ronaldo won 12 Ballon d'Ors between them in a 13-year streak between 2008 and 2021 – broken only by Luka Modric in 2018 and the absence of an award in 2020 due to the Covid pandemic. The pair locked horns time and again in classic meetings between Barcelona and Real Madrid during the golden age of Spanish football, as they battled for the title of best player in the world.
Lionel Messi, 36, is set to win a record eighth Ballon d'Or at next month's awards ceremony in Paris after leading Argentina to the World Cup in Qatar, while Ronaldo, 38, was left off the shortlist for the first time. More than a decade.
It will likely fuel Lionel Messi's supporters who say he is the greatest player of their generation and has stunned their rivalries, but Ronaldo says fans don't need to "hate" any player.
Cristiano Ronaldo joined Saudi Pro League side Al-Nasr in January and helped them finish second in the table last season. Has scored 26 goals in 30 appearances for the club so far, his 850th career goal in the process.
Lionel Messi, meanwhile, was equally dominant in his early Inter Miami career, scoring 11 goals in 11 matches and leading the way to the League Cup trophy. All that is past now. Ronaldo is now in Saudi Arabian club Al Nasser. Messi went to America to play. He plays for Inter Miami. "Messi has chosen his own path," Ronaldo said. I chose mine too. Both are from outside Europe. I heard he is playing well. I am playing well here too. We still have influence, just not the fight. We have shared many stages over 15 years. Never went out to eat together. We are professionals but we have respect for each other."
Ronaldo said, we have done well, we have changed the history of football. "We are respected around the world, that's the most important thing. "He followed his path and I followed mine regardless of playing outside Europe. From what I've seen, she's doing well and so am I. The legacy lives on, but I don't see that rivalry. “Hate? I don't see anything like that, the rivalry is over,” he said, speaking ahead of Portugal's Euro 2024 qualifier with Slovakia on Friday. “It was good, the audience loved it. People who like Cristiano Ronaldo don't have to hate Messi. Portugal, who currently top Group J of the qualifiers, play second-placed Slovakia in Bratislava before hosting third-placed Luxembourg in Faro on Monday.