Thursday September 12 2019
Messi: Juve are stronger, Ronaldo...

Lionel Messi believes Juventus are stronger this season as they ‘signed very well’ over the summer and now feels ‘closer’ to Cristiano Ronaldo.

Messi gave a rare interview to Sport on Thursday, where he was asked about Barcelona’s rivals in the Champions League.

“I think everyone strengthened and signed the players they needed,” he told the Catalan publication.

“I think Atletico have built a great team and made some very good signings. They seemed like the team who had weakened the most, but they ended up putting together a great and very balanced team, with many options.

“Real Madrid also signed very well. Beyond what’s been said, they kept their team together and brought in important players like Hazard.

“Juventus signed very well, City too... In general, I think everything’s tighter now and all the big teams are getting stronger.”

The No 10 and Ronaldo have dominated football for the past 10 years, so how does he feel about the Juve forward?

“I have no problem with him. I’ve always said I have no problem with him. We weren’t friends because we hadn’t shared a dressing room.

“We’ve only ever seen each other at galas or award ceremonies. I have no problem with him.

“We talked the most at the last gala and we were closer. I don't know if we’ll have dinner together because I don’t know if we will cross paths.

“Everyone has their own life and has their own commitments, but it wouldn’t be a problem.”

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