Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi’s rivalry is already regarded by many as the greatest in the history of soccer.
The Real Madrid forward and the Barcelona striker have now won seven Ballon d’Ors in a row. The award is the global accolade that is voted for by soccer professionals to decide who the best player in the world is.
Messi and Ronaldo not only compete with their teams for Spanish and European trophies, but also individually for the world’s top honours and scoring records.
The duo have won each of the past seven Ballon d’Or awards, with Ronaldo earning his third last week. They have also finished as runners-up to each other in six of those years.
This season they also went back and forth as they moved up the Champions League all-time goals chart, with Messi eventually surpassing Raul’s record of 71 a month before Ronaldo did as well.
And Ronaldo said in an interview with France Football to be published this week that their rivalry helps drive each superstar to succeed.
“ I’m sure that the competition between us is a motivating factor for him too. ” Ronaldo said, according to AS. “ It’s good for me, for him and for other players who are keen to grow. ”
“ Messi has four Ballon d’Or awards, I have three. This is all good for the world of football. ”
Cristiano Ronaldo, who was born in Madeira, also admitted in the same interview that despite the fact he is seen as the best soccer player in the world, he is constantly looking to improve his game.