The debate as to who is the better footballer out of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will never have a definitive answer, yet the Portuguese forward has moved to distance himself ahead of his Argentine counterpart by suggesting he’s proven his quality by winning the Champions League with different clubs.
Ronaldo won the famous trophy with both Manchester United and Real Madrid, and there is every chance that he will add a third club to that list in the 2019/20 season with Juventus.
“The difference with me is that I’ve won the Champions League with different clubs,” Ronaldo explained in an interview with DAZN.
“I’ve been the top scorer in the Champions League six years in a row.
“Messi is an excellent player who will be remembered not only for the Ballon d’Or wins, but for always being at the highest level, year after year, like me.”
There remains a degree of trepidation surrounding Zinedine Zidane’s second spell in charge of Real Madrid, yet Ronaldo believes he is a supremely gifted coach.
“Zidane made me feel special,” he added.
“I appreciated him a lot as a person and when he became my coach, he was even better, I became an even bigger Zidane fan.
“How he is, how he speaks and how he leads the team is so special, and how he treated me.”
As part of the documentary series ‘The Making Of’, Ronaldo gave an extended insight into his own methods of success, and looked to dispel rumours about what drives him in football.
“I work first to win trophies for the team, then that takes you to individual honours,” he intimated.
“You wake up every day to train with the overall goal of winning something, it’s not just getting up to earn money, I’m not short of money, thank God, but I want to earn a place in the history of football.”