Cristiano Ronaldo insists he does not view Lionel Messi as a rival after completing his move to Juventus. The two players have been considered as the best in the world for the last decade and have been at the heart of the rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona since Ronaldo moved to La Liga in 2009.
But the battle between Messi and Ronaldo may no longer have the same intensity after the 33-year-old was officially unveiled as a Juventus player on Monday.
Ronaldo, who joined the Serie A champions for €100 million (£88.5m), is now aiming to replicate his incredible goalscoring record in Italy and win titles with his fourth different club. But when asked about his rivalry with Messi, Ronaldo replied: ‘I do not see other players as rivals, that’s not who I am.
‘It was a good challenge with Messi. ‘All of you liked it and it was interesting. But I never saw it as a rivalry. ‘You always want to give it your all for your team.
‘This is what I did for Sporting, Manchester United and Real Madrid. He has done so for Barcelona. ‘At the end of the day when all is said and done, we will then see who is the best player between myself and Messi.’
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