Not surprised Real Madrid are missing Cristiano Ronaldo so much: Lionel Messi

Not surprised Real Madrid are missing Cristiano Ronaldo so much: Lionel Messi

Not surprised Real Madrid are missing Cristiano Ronaldo so much: Lionel Messi

"We would love him to come back for what he means, both as a player and for the locker room".

He also responded to Cristiano Ronaldo's challenge that he should leave the Spanish La Liga for a move to the Italian Serie A.

In addition, Messi discussed Pep Guardiola, Ousmane Dembele, Neymar, Andres Iniesta, La Masia and the thinking at Barcelona, as well as other topics in the interview.

Messi and Ronaldo have been at the centre of football's most intense rivalry, with their battle in LaLiga lasting for the better part of a decade. "I played in England, Spain, Italy, Portugal, in the national team, while he is still in Spain", Ronaldo said.

"I love football, but family is above all", the Argentine stated. My challenges renew year on year.

"I heard the nominees for the Ballon d'Or and I knew I would not be in the fight", Messi told Marca.

This is not the first time Messi has opened up about Ronaldo's departure from Madrid as the Barcelona superstar had said he was surprised by his arch-rivals' move to Turin.

Messi also insisted that his rivalry with Ronaldo during the latter's time in La Liga "healthy" and "beautiful" to the spectators.

The Argentina global said he enjoyed his battle with Ronaldo while the forward was in Spain.

"I don't need to change anything", Messi said.

While Ronaldo won two league title and four Champions League crowns during his time with Real, Messi led Barcelona to six league titles and helped the Catalan club clinch European glory four times.

"I am at home, at the best team in the world and I don't have any reason to want to change".

Not to mention the Ballon d'Or.

"The rivalry with Cristiano was very healthy and very lovely for the spectators".

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