Maybe Lionel Messi misses me– Cristiano Ronaldo
Written by: Tushaar Sachdeva
The former Manchester United player has scored 11 goals for the Turin-based outfit so far.
Enjoying his time in Italy, Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo has insisted that his long-time rival Lionel Messi should join him in Serie A. He suggests that maybe the Argentine needs more after a long stretch at Barcelona.
The two of the all-time greats spent nine years in the same league and have shared 10 Ballon d'Ors since 2008 until Luka Modric broke their supremacy this year. Ronaldo was already a superstar at Manchester United and shifted base in 2009 to Real Madrid. The rivalry became close since then.
As Lionel Messi is often considered the man to retire at FC Barcelona, being a one-club man but Ronaldo has dropped subtly indications that he might travel the same path as the Portuguese forward.
When asked about the Argentine if Ronaldo misses him, he told Gazzetta dello Sport, “No, maybe he misses me!"
“I played in England, Spain, Italy, Portugal, in the national team, while he is still in Spain. Maybe he needs me more. For me, life is a challenge, I like it and I like to make people happy," said Ronaldo.
Ronaldo would enjoy a revamped rivalry with Messi, should he choose to arrive in Italy.
“I would like him to come to Italy one day. Like me, accept the challenge. However, if he is happy there, I respect him. He is a fantastic player, a good guy but I do not miss anything here. This is my new life and I'm happy," he added.
While, Ronaldo went on to praise his current squad at Juventus.
"I can say that this is the best group that I have played with," he added.
"Here we are a team. In other places some feel bigger than the rest, but here they are all on the same level, they are humble and they want to win. If Dybala or Mandzukic don't score, they are still happy and they smile. It's really nice and I can see the difference," he said.
"In Madrid they are humble but here I feel they are more so. It is very different from Madrid; this is a family," he further added.
Ronaldo has scored 11 goals for Juventus so far this season as they have qualified for the knock-out stages in the UEFA Champions League.
Published: Mon Dec 10, 2018 05:19 PM IST