Over the past 15 years, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have been the two biggest rivals in the history of football, sharing the Ballons d’Or and shocking the statistics with records in disarray.
Today, the supremacy of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo over European football has come to an end. The Argentina international left PSG this summer to join Inter Milan in the United States while Cristiano Ronaldo signed in Saudi Arabia six months ago. The hatchet is definitively buried between the two great champions of the 21st century, who will have marked an entire generation. Questioned at a press conference on the sidelines of Portugal’s matches against Slovakia and Luxembourg, “CR7” spoke of his remote duel with Lionel Messi, which is well and truly over.
“If you like Cristiano, you don’t have to hate Messi. The two of us changed the history of football and we are respected. The rivalry is over. Currently, we are both doing things well,” said Cristiano Ronaldo. The striker of the Portuguese selection also took advantage of his visit to a press conference to praise the Saudi championship, which he joined in January before all the stars parade this summer.
Ronaldo sings the praises of the Saudi championship
“I sincerely think that the Saudi championship is better than that of Portugal. There are more great players, less controversies and more football. Criticism of Saudi Arabia? There are problems everywhere. But I knew it was going to be like this, people thought I was crazy, but it has changed a lot. I’m happy and it’s an honor to see good players coming. I was the pioneer of it and I’m happy with it. I hope that the championship will continue to evolve,” launched Cristiano Ronaldo, perfectly providing after-sales service for the Saudi championship, and the massive arrivals this summer certainly proved him right on this subject.