Cristiano Ronaldo insists he’s ‘not mates’ with long-term rival Lionel Messi regardless of sharing the stage on the high of world soccer for practically twenty years. The Manchester United and Real Madrid icon did play down discuss that they ‘hate’ one another however sensationally claims he has ‘by no means chatted’ with the Argentine.
Ronaldo and Messi have dominated the game because the mid-2000s, battling for the highest prizes. No one else gained the Ballon d’Or for 10 consecutive years between 2008 and 2017.
In whole, Messi gained the award on seven events, whereas Ronaldo picked it up 5 instances. Sharing that stage for therefore lengthy may lead followers to imagine that the pair a minimum of exchanged loads of conversations.
Nevertheless, Al-Nassr ahead Ronaldo has revealed that he has ‘by no means chatted’ to the Barcelona legend, who now performs his soccer for Inter Miami. The Portuguese star has mentioned that they’re ‘not mates’.
Talking whereas on worldwide obligation, Ronaldo mentioned: “It was an excellent rivalry. It was claimed that Cristiano hates Messi and vice versa however that wasn’t true. We have now modified the historical past of soccer.
“The legacy continues and we shared the stage for 15 years so the respect is there. I am not saying that we’re mates, I by no means chatted with him, however I respect him.”
Ronaldo has additionally slammed critics of his transfer to Saudi Arabia final yr. The 38-year-old was the primary in an extended line of high-profile stars to maneuver to the nation when he signed for Al-Nassr in December.
He claims he was referred to as ‘loopy’ for switching to the Center East following his axing by Manchester United. Ronaldo – who has six objectives in 4 Saudi Professional League appearances this season – suggests it’s now ‘regular’ to play within the nation.
“Everybody thought it was loopy. Effectively, the loopy man is just not so loopy now. Now, it is regular to play within the Arab League,” he added.
“I knew this was going to occur and I am glad I am serving to to vary a tradition. I would like the Arab league to proceed to evolve within the coming years to be the highest league.”
It comes on switch deadline day for Saudi Professional League golf equipment. Not content material with signing the likes of Neymar, Sadio Mane, Jordan Henderson, Fabinho and N’Golo Kante, Saudi Arabia is determined so as to add another megastar to their league.
Reviews counsel that Al-Ittihad had been making ready a blockbuster world-record £200m offer for Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah. Nevertheless, the Premier League facet will do every thing to maintain their star participant.