Juventus striker Cristiano Ronaldo has said that his “healthy rivalry” with Barcelona captain Lionel Messi during his time in LaLiga made him a better player.
Both men have won the coveted Golden Ball five times and are considered two of the best players of all time.
Ronaldo spent nine years with Real Madrid before joining Juventus in 2018, and Messi recently acknowledged that the couple stimulated each other in their quest for individual honors.
The Portuguese superstar has echoed those points of view, telling France Football: “Many people said that we fed, that being together in Spain made us better.
“That is undoubtedly true. I felt his presence more in Madrid than in Manchester. It was a healthy rivalry. We were the symbols of our clubs.
“It’s always nice to talk about him in a flattering way. It’s okay if they say I’ve been the best, a fantastic player.
“Today, I listen to everything they say about me, but when everything ends, at the end of my career, I won’t mind because I will disconnect from everything.”