The fierce rivalry between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo is arguably the best thing that has happened to football.The tandem dominated La Liga for nearly a decade, capturing the world’s attention.
The former Barcelona captain called his competition with the ex-Real Madrid boss a “great stage” Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s rivalry intensified when he left Manchester United for Real Madrid in 2009.
They were able to compete more closely. As a result, they captured the football world’s attention with their incredible performances and achievements with their respective clubs. During their nine years together in Spain, the duo shared nine Ballon d’Or awards, with Leo winning five and CR7 winning four.
The Portuguese also inspired Real Madrid to four Champions League titles, while his Argentine counterpart inspired Barcelona to two. Even though both players have left Spain’s top flight, their rivalry appears far from over. They continue to divide football fans’ opinions with their incredible performances and achievements, which will likely continue for the foreseeable future.
“It’s been a long time since we stopped competing in the same league,” Lionel Messi told Marca when asked if he misses his direct rivalry with Cristiano Ronaldo
.”We competed individually and as a team for the same goals. It was a very beautiful stage for us and also for the people because they enjoyed it very much.”It is a beautiful memory that will remain in the history of football,“
the now PSG attacker added.
This summer, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo faced significant career challenges. The Argentine left Barcelona to join PSG, while his Portuguese counterpart made a sensational return to Manchester United.
CR7 has immediately impacted the Red Devils, scoring nine goals and assisting twice in 13 appearances across all competitions.
On the other hand, Leo has four goals and one assist for the Parisians this season across all fronts.