Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo are rivals in about everything. Despite that, Messi said he was happy that Ronaldo and Portugal qualified for the World Cup.
“Of course I am happy that Cristiano is going to the World Cup,” Messi told Dutch paper De Telegraaf. “The best teams should be there, because if you want to be the best you must beat every country. I believe it is good for the World Cup for Cristiano to go, he is a great player. Now everyone is talking about how well he is playing, but he has been playing like that for many years, for his club and country.”
That reiterates comments he made days earlier after Ronaldo and Portugal’s win.
“I was very happy for him when he scored those goals,” Messi said, via Sky Sports. “It’s just great when the best teams compete in Brazil, and Cristiano has had a great scoring rate for many years.
“I don’t know if this is Cristiano’s best moment, but he is always there, scoring goals in all the games and playing his part for his club and his country. He has been like that for many years.
“Whether he is at his best, or a bit below that, there is almost no difference.”