Cristiano Ronaldo, one of the greatest players to ever grace the game has always been vocal about his abilities and opined himself highly whenever asked.
The debate as to who is the better footballer out of Messi and Ronaldo often divides opionions of football fans around the world, but the five-time UEFA Champions League victor has offered a more difinitive answer within the debate.
The Seleção star was speaking to DAZN ahead of the new season, marking Ronaldo's 18 at professional level, during which time he has represented Sporting, Manchester United, Real Madrid and now Juventus in a glittering career that has also led to global success with his country at Euro 2016.
The debate over who is better - either now or indeed of all time - reached boiling point during the duo's shared time in Spain, with Real Madrid and Barcelona fans at odds over which of the world-class stars should be named the best.
"I was the top scorer in the Champions League six seasons in a row".
"He's obsessed with being better than Messi".
"Having that on your CV".
"There aren't many players with five Champions League titles, which is why I feel like I have a special bond with the competition", said the 34-year-old, who was part of the Manchester United side that claimed Europe's elite club trophy in 2008, before adding four more winners' medals at Real Madrid in 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018. It's some CV. It will be a challenge for him at 33. 'I did it in England, I did it in Spain, I'm going to do it in Italy. "I did it with Portugal.' So maybe that will be his argument when [he thinks] 'Am I better than Messi"?" I wake up every day with the mindset to achieve something, not just to make money.
"Thank God, I don't lack money, so what I want to earn is a place in the history of football".
Regardless, Ronaldo continues to harbour great respect for Messi, making it clear that sustained success over a ten-year period for both players should be appreciated for the huge amount of hard work that it takes to stay at the top.
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