Cristiano Ronaldo insists “the difference with Lionel Messi is that I won the Champions League with several clubs and I identify with this tournament.”
The Juventus star spoke to DAZN in a documentary for their ‘The Making Of’ series, with another clip released today.
He discusses his rivalry with Barcelona hero Messi and their constant battle to be considered the greatest of their generation.
“The difference with Messi is that I played for several clubs and won the Champions League with different clubs,” said CR7.
“I was top scorer in the Champions League six seasons in a row. There aren’t many players who won five Champions League trophies, so this is why I feel that I can identity myself with this tournament.
“Messi is an excellent player who will be remembered not just for his Ballon d’Or wins, but also for having improved – like me – year after year.
“I wake up every morning with the idea in my head of training with the objective of achieving something more, not just to earn money. Thank God, I don’t lack money, so what I want to earn is a place in the history of football.”
The 34-year-old Portugal international won the Champions League with Manchester United in 2008, then four editions at Real Madrid, including three in a row from 2016 to 2018.
Ronaldo received five Ballon d’Or awards as Player of the Year.
As for Messi, the 32-year-old Argentine spent his entire career at Barcelona, also winning five editions of the Ballon d’Or, but only four Champions League trophies, the most recent in 2015.
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