Lionel Messi 'made me better player', admits Cristiano Ronaldo


And recently, the 34-year-old five-time Ballon d'Or victor himself revealed how Lionel Messi has made him a better player over the years.

Ronaldo said he has a great relationship with Messi, but they never had lunch together.

"It's a good rivalry but it's not unique - Michael Jordan had rivalries in basketball, there was Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost in Formula One".

"We have to make our possession more productive, we have to work hard to bring them into play because we know they can be unsafe".

But his list of individual accolades is arguably more impressive with five Ballons d'Or, five World Soccer Player of the Year awards and four Golden Shoes, awarded to the domestic topscorer in Europe. "Messi makes me better", he said.

"Neymar's a PSG player and we have to focus on Sunday's game, which we're obliged to win after losing our opener", Valverde said.

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On nowaday's price tags: "Everybody is very expensive today, you regularly start from €100 and I see defenders sold for €75M". I would have no problem with doing that, Ronaldo added.

Ronaldo has maintained that he is not guilty in regards to the ten-year-old sexual assault allegation that he raped a woman in a Las Vegas hotel in 2009.

Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo is not ruling out retiring as early as next year, Sputnik reported. "It was a tough year, possibly the worst I've ever had".

During his time at Real Madrid, Ronaldo made 438 appearances across all competitions, scoring an outstanding 450 goals as well as claiming 131 assists.

"We have to find the right balance between domestic and global audiences", Ricci told BBC Sport ahead of Juve's league opener at Parma tomorrow.

The Portuguese superstar even met with former boss Arsene Wenger and was closing in on a move to London until their Premier League rivals scuppered a deal.