Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo has clarified his relationship with Argentine soccer star Lionel Messi. Asserting that they are not friends but rather professional colleagues. Despite both players now competing in different leagues. Ronaldo and Messi remain the focal points of their respective teams in Saudi Arabia and MLS. Discover Cristiano Ronaldo on rivalry with Lionel Messi: “We have changed soccer history.”
Ronaldo, currently representing Portugal, addressed the media during a press conference, shedding light on the diverse career paths they’ve taken post-European football. He remarked, “He is charting his own course, as am I. Even though we now play outside of Europe, he seems to be doing well, from what I’ve observed, and I’m also on the right track. The legacy endures. I won’t say we’re friends, but we share a profession, and we hold mutual respect.”
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Leo Messi, a finalist for the Ballon d’Or award, has consistently denied any rivalry with Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo broadened the perspective of fans, saying, “Those who admire Cristiano Ronaldo need not harbor animosity towards Messi. Both are exceptionally talented; they’ve left an indelible mark on the world of soccer. We’re revered worldwide, and that’s what matters most,” Ronaldo added, referring to himself in the third person.
Surprising Milestone: Ronaldo’s Reflection on 850 Goals
Reflecting on his remarkable goal-scoring record of 850 goals, Ronaldo expressed gratitude for achieving this historic milestone. He admitted that it took him by surprise and conveyed his ambition to continue aiming for the pinnacle. He also thanked the clubs he played for and the national team, noting that he will not be competing for the Ballon d’Or for the first time since 2003.
Both Ronaldo and Messi are set to represent their national teams in upcoming matches. Argentina will commence their 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign against Ecuador on Friday, September 8. Meanwhile, Portugal will continue their UEFA qualification journey when they face Slovakia on Saturday, September 9, in Bratislava.