StoryLionel Messi claims that he does not have a rivalry with Cristiano Ronaldo

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi claims that he does not have a rivalry with Cristiano Ronaldo as opposed to the widespread belief.

Both players have been sharing the world Player of the Year award for the last five seasons. Messi has been successful by one more title than Ronaldo, who is the reigning FIFA Ballon d’Or award holder. The intensity of the battle has especially grown since Ronaldo moved to the Spanish capital for £ 80 million from Manchester United. Ronaldo and Messi have been topping the goal scoring charts barring a few years and this domination is expected to continue in the near future.

Messi recently won yet another Champions League title to his name. The Argentine superstar has been far more successful in terms of trophies. He has won several league titles and Champions League medal whereas Ronaldo used to be successful at United. Since moving to Madrid, he has been extremely successful on a personal level. This has not been the case in terms of trophies. The 30-year-old has won nine trophies at United compared to the seven at Madrid during the same seven-year spell at both clubs. Messi, meanwhile, already has amassed a long list of trophies that numbers at 24, and if you think he can add to it you should jump all over this bet365 bonuskod and get double odds on him adding to his haul soon.

"There is no rivalry. It's something the media invented. We both want to do well for our clubs, it is not Messi vs Ronaldo, it never has been," said the little Argentine, who also had a word of praise for United striker Wayne Rooney. "If you look at the technical ability of a player like Wayne Rooney, he is as good as any player in Europe. Rooney has exceptional quality. Not just great technical ability, but also works very hard for his team. I'm sure Manchester United will never want to let him leave, though,” said the Barcelona superstar.