- Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have dominated the football space for almost two decades
- Both players are said to have maximum respect for each other
- Ronaldo took a cheeky swipe on his arch rival just before a game in 2018
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have remained the best players of the last two decades as the pair split staggering 11 Ballon d'Or titles among each other.
While Ronaldo has won the prestigious award on five separate occasions, his rival Messi remains the only footballer with six of the awards as both continue to battle for the biggest prizes in the game of football.
However, it was gathered that just before a match involving Real Madrid and Valencia in 2018, Ronaldo took a cheeky swipe on the Argentine, Mirror reports.
It was gathered that the Portuguese striker was in the tunnel about moving unto the pitch when he was accosted by a starstruck mascot who did everything possible to chat with his 'idol'.
The mascot said:
"For me, you are the best player in the world and Messi..."
The youngster was then interrupted by Ronaldo, who couldn't help but take a cheeky swipe at his rival with the ultimate dad joke.
Ronaldo added, prompting laughter from his teammates:
CR7 once explained his level of relationship with Messi as he admitted that both players have a good relationship, adding that they express maximum respect for each other. He said:
"We have shared the stage 15 years.
"I don't know if that's happened before - the same two guys on the same stage all the time.
"Of course, we have a good relationship. We haven't had dinner together yet, but I hope in the future. We had that battle in Spain. I pushed him and he pushed me as well. So it's good to be part of the history of football."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that the 2019/2020 season witnessed a three-month break following the pandemic but latest ranking shows that Robert Lewandowski is the best player in the world for the season.
Poland captain had a breathtaking season scoring 55 goals in 47 matches and helped the Bundesliga club Bayer Munich win the league as well as the Champions League titles same season.
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