- Lionel Messi has praised Cristiano Ronaldo for his contributions to football
- These two superstars have been rivals in football for more than 10 years
- Messi is currently the captain of Barcelona while Cristiano Ronaldo is playing for Juventus
Cristiano Ronaldo who currently plays for reigning Italian champions Juventus has been praised by his biggest rival Lionel Messi who explained that the Portuguese is a great sports personality.
Over the years, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have both dominated the game of football thanks to their superb performances for clubs and nations.
The rivalry between these two greats actually started when Cristiano Ronaldo moved to the Spanish La Liga from Manchester United where he played for Real Madrid.
Many football fans in the world would not want to miss the battle between Real Madrid and Barcelona because of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
Lionel Messi's incredible performances for Barcelona over the years has helped him win the Ballon d'Or award six times, while Cristiano Ronaldo has been crowned five times.
Fans of these two players engage in debates on a daily basis on who is the greatest between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
According to the report on UK Sun, Lionel Messi claimed that there are many great players in football, but the Argentine named his arch rival Cristiano Ronaldo as a standout footballer.
"Cristiano stands out in football. There are many who stand out and always do their best."
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have both met 33 times with the Argentine getting 15 wins so far while the Portuguese has 9 as both have also gotten nine draws each.
Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Lionel Messi overtook legendary Pele to become the player with most goals for a single club in football history which is one of his staggering records that will be difficult to break.
The Barcelona legend now tops the list of players with most goals for one club after netting for the Spanish La Liga giants in their win over Valladolid on Tuesday night, December 22.
The goal the Argentina international scored in the 65th minute takes him to 644 thereby breaking the record of Brazilian football legend Pele who had 643.
Messi is also la Liga’s all-time record scorer with 451 goals and counting, while Cristiano Ronaldo who was at Real Madrid between 2009 and 2018 had 311 La Liga goals.
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