Portugal and Real Madrid star, Cristiano Ronaldo has disclosed that he and Barcelona forward, Lionel Messi, are not good friends, but added that there is no rivalry between them.
The rivalry between the two superstars is considered to be fierce among their fans who always argue about who is better.
Ronaldo, while downplaying the significance of his rivalry with the Argentina captain, stressed that there is a mutual respect between them.
The former Manchester United man and his Barcelona counterpart have dominated the Ballon d’Or election over the past eight years and are widely regarded as the two best players in the game.
The Euro 2016 winner is adamant that there is no bitterness between the two.
He told Coach Magazine, “There is a big mutual respect between myself and Messi.
“The media like to make out like we have this big rivalry, but we don’t.
“It is not like we are good friends, but there is a mutual respect on both sides.”