Ronaldo loves it. We do, too.
True football fans would respect both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. However, although clashes between supporters of the two football superstars sometimes go overboard, the fact remains that the rivalry between the Portuguese and the Argentine is healthy for their respective career.
Well, especially for Ronaldo aka the king of comebacks!
2008: Cristiano 1-0 Messi
2009: Cristiano 1-1 Messi
2010: Cristiano 1-2 Messi
2011: Cristiano 1-3 Messi
2012: Cristiano 1-4 Messi
2013: Cristiano 2-4 Messi
2014: Cristiano 3-4 Messi
2015: Cristiano 3-5 Messi
2016: Cristiano 4-5 Messi
2017: Cristiano 5-5 Messi pic.twitter.com/qFIa2AevU4
— OMAR 👑 (@Omar__cr7_) December 7, 2017
Florentino Perez added his voice to the topic, stating:
“In the last ten years, Messi and Cristiano have monopolized this award. Cristiano lives for football. He wants to be the best of all time.”
The Real Madrid president concluded:
“Competition is always good but I think he was born with those genes.”
A correct analysis as Ronaldo somehow underlined it when he explained to his admirer Kylian Mbappe, during the ceremony, why resting on his laurels is not even an option.
“I think the most important thing is the motivation. When you wake up in the morning and you’re happy to go to training, then it’s good. I really feel that, every morning.”
WATCH BELOW: the moment Cristiano Ronaldo pronounced himself on the matter during the 2017 Ballon d’Or ceremony:
Aside from his passion for the Beautiful Game, CR7 is indeed addicted to winning. His closest challenger being 30-year-old Lionel Messi, the Madeira-born businessman and father-of-four admitted:
“I hope to continue playing at the highest level for a few more years. I hope the fight (against Messi) continues.”
A healthy rivalry will only bring the best of out both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi
The Real Madrid man says 'bring it on!' pic.twitter.com/ngD8CL1unw
— Goal (@goal) December 7, 2017