Cristiano Ronaldo finally admits Messi made him better

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They both have five Ballon d'Or awards to their name, as well as nine Champions League titles between them.

However, the Juventus star, whose influence at Real Madrid mirrored that of Messi at Barcelona before the Portuguese left for Italy past year, admitted that the pair have never socialised together.

"I don't think about that", Ronaldo told Portuguese station TVI on Tuesday.

"Of course. I see him every day in the changing room".

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"I really admire the career he has had so far and, for his part, he has already said that he had trouble when I left the Spanish league because it is a rivalry that he appreciates", he said. Michael Jordan had them in basketball, Ayrton Senna and [Alain] Prost in Formula 1.

However, it must be noted that the only trophy these two football legend have not won in common is the World Cup and they may not win it before they hang their boots.

'I'd never heard of him and I'd never seen him before that night, but there was a huge excitement among the players afterwards'.

Ronaldo, who signed for Italian giants Juventus past year and guided them to the Serie A title, is now one of the most celebrated footballers in the world and his rivalry with Argentina's Lionel Messi has achieved legendary status.

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Cristiano Ronaldo's lawyers admitted for the first time that there was a settlement in place to "maintain confidentiality" following allegations that he raped a woman in Las Vegas in 2009.

He said that "when people question your honor, it hurts, it hurts a lot".

The 34-year-old Ronaldo said he was not "comfortable speaking" about the case, "but when people attack your honor, it is hard". "It is not just about the broadcasting times, it is also about the rights distribution and who is showing the games".

Then a flashy winger, Ronaldo scored four goals from 29 appearances in his debut Premier League campaign.

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