Cristiano Ronaldo says Rivalry with Lionel Messi ‘just starting,’ after FIFA win
Written by Morenike Adebayo on October 24, 2017
Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo scooped up the Best FIFA Men’s Player award in London on Monday night and promptly declared that his rivalry with Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, is just beginning.
Speaking to reporters at the venue, Ronaldo initially sought to play down the rivalry but, when asked whether Ronaldo versus Messi was over, the 32-year-old quipped “it is just starting.” The Portugal international also claimed he doesn’t compete with Messi and mulled over what will happen in the future.
The Real Madrid superstar received more than 43 per cent of the overall votes for the FIFA award, more than Messi and third-placed Neymar combined.
Including the years when FIFA’s individual award was merged with the Ballon d’Or, Ronaldo and Messi have now been labelled the best player in the world by football’s global governing body five times apiece.