The Argentina international and FC Barcelona’s star forward Lionel Messi has recently admitted that the Portugal international and Real Madrid’s hotshot Cristiano Ronaldo is a "great player" that’s why he has achieved great things, but insists beating Ronaldo doesn’t motivates him.
Messi: Ronaldo is great but beating him doesn't motivate me https://t.co/DwxIhefjVZ— Goal (@goal) January 18, 2017
As every football lovers knows that there is a rivalry between the two Clasico stars, but the Argentine ace Messi says his desire to shine comes from wanting to perform for Barcelona and Argentina as opposed to outshining Ronaldo.
The 31-year-old Portuguese international and Real Madrid’s forward Cristiano Ronaldo has recently won his fourth ballon d’Or award and also the Best FIFA mens' player award, after leading his nation to the EURO 2016 glory after winning the Champions League title with Real Madrid as well as winning the Club World Cup.
While the 29-year-old Argentine ace and FC Barcelona’s Messi has not been able to win international honours with Argentina national team, having lost two Copa America finals and the World Cup final,
And according to Messi, he has lots of respect for Cristiano as he believe Cristiano Ronaldo is a "great player" that’s why he has achieved great things, but beating Cristiano Ronaldo doesn’t motivate him as his motivation, though, has always come from wanting to do well for Barcelona and Argentina, and the fans.
As in an interview with Coach, Messi said, "There is a mutual respect,"
"I view him as a great player who has achieved great things because that is exactly what he is.”
"My motivation, though, has always come from wanting to do well for Barcelona and Argentina, and the fans."