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Ronaldo has won five Ballons d’Or and five Champions Leagues along with a number of other major titles for club and country but (aside from CR7) the Portuguese hit-man has never really been given his own special moniker.
Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo admitted that he and Lionel Messi have benefitted from their long-running rivalry.
Kylian Mbappe has been billed as a Ballon d’Or winner of the future, but the Paris Saint-Germain striker claims he would prefer to land a Champions League crown.
Roberto Carlos has expressed his sympathy at Lionel Messi's struggles to replicate the success he has achieved with Barcelona on the international stage with Argentina.
Lionel Messi is “not finished yet”, says Xavi, with rivals of the Barcelona superstar warned that the mercurial Argentine still has “three or four good years left”.
Cristiano Ronaldo is not a “Galactico” like Lionel Messi, says Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, with Barcelona’s talismanic captain “on a different level to anyone else”.
Amidst debate among his fans that five time Ballon d'Or winner and Juventus forward Cristian Ronaldo would settle for modeling all the way after football, the Portugal forward has hinted that he has a passion for coaching, declaring he might go into coaching when he finishes playing.
Cristiano Ronaldo says he is "annoyed" that he is forced to prove that he is a good player every year and wants critics to leave him alone.
Diego Simeone has hit out at critics of Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi, particularly from his home country of Argentina.
Lionel Messi has been told that he will “never reach Diego Maradona’s level” by Hector Enrique, a member of Argentina’s 1986 World Cup-winning squad.
Cristiano Ronaldo's motivation to stay at the top of world football comes from his rivalry with Barcelona star Lionel Messi, Kaka says.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez says that the club do not need to sign a new first-choice striker as they already have the best number nine in the world in the shape of Karim Benzema.
Barcelona can still win a "beautiful" Clasico even without Lionel Messi, according to Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann.
Cristiano Ronaldo is “the best in the world”, according to Federico Bernardeschi, with a Juventus colleague of the Portuguese superstar admitting that he has “always preferred him to Lionel Messi”.
“He's got an ego, that's not hard to see on social media, this boy's got an ego, wants to be looked at and talked about as the best player. There's a hunger and desire for that, with that comes a work ethic.”
Blaise Matuidi says he has a better understanding of why Cristiano Ronaldo has won five Ballons d'Or in his career, hailing his new Juventus team-mate as a "working monster".
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