Thursday, January 16, 2020

'El Clasico Is No Longer Special Without Ronaldo ' - Lionel Messi Admits

Lionel Messi admitted that, the rivalry between Barca and Real Madrid when Ronaldo was playing for the team would remain in everybody’s memory for a long time.

'El Clasico Is No Longer Special Without Ronaldo ' - Lionel Messi Admits

According to the Barca’s talisman, El Clasico isn’t the same without a Portuguese superstar, Ronaldo.

He also acknowledged that his rivalry with Cristiano Ronaldo in Spain was special and it will remain forever.

The duo played for Barcelona and Real Madrid, where they rivaled each other for the La Liga and Champions League titles from 2009-2018 as well as the Ballon D'Or before the Portuguese footballer moved to Juventus.

Speaking about their rivalry, Messi said;

It was a special duel and it will remain forever because it lasted many years and it is not easy to maintain certain levels for a long time.

Plus, the teams we played in were also very demanding, both Real Madrid and Barca, the two best teams in the world. Competing on an equal footing for so many years, I think it will remain [in people’s minds] forever.

The sporting duel between us was very nice on a personal level and I think people had fun too, whether they were fans of Madrid or Barca or even only football fans in general. Obviously, when Cristiano was at Real Madrid, the matches were always special.

The matches against Real always mean a lot, but when Cristiano was there they became much more special. But it’s a time that has passed now, that we have experienced. Now, we have to look ahead to the future.

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