Thursday, 18 April, 2019

Messi speaks about rivalry with Ronaldo, Ballon d'Or, work with Guardiola

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Jennie Wade | 28 December, 2018, 14:58

Barcelona and Argentina great Lionel Messi has said it's natural that any football club will be affected if it loses a player like Cristiano Ronaldo while maintaining that he isn't surprised Real Madrid have felt his absence in the ongoing La Liga season.

"I love football, but family is above all", the Argentine stated.

And Messi has claimed that the pair's time at the top of the game in Spain was a positive for football and for fans all over.

'For me, life is a challenge, I like it and I like to make people happy. "I am at home and I do not need to change". Maybe he needs me more.

"I'm at the best team in the world. PSG won't let Neymar go".

"I heard the nominees for the Ballon d'Or and I knew I wasn't in the fight", Messi said. I do not need to change team or League to set new goals. My challenges are renewed year after year.

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"This era that we were in the same league together in was attractive".

He finished fifth in the final standings, behind Modric, France World Cup winners Antoine Griezman and Kylian Mbappe as well as long-time rival Cristiano Ronaldo.

The superstar, who has 15 goals and 10 assists in 15 LaLiga games this season, said he knew he would miss out on a record sixth Ballon d'Or.

"Although it is hard, I would like to work with Guardiola again", Messi told Marca.

"It was a very healthy rivalry in which the two of us wanted to improve ourselves day in day out to do the best for our team".

Despite having consistently been nominated for the Ballon d'Or top three for over a decade, the five-time victor was surprisingly ranked fifth in the standings with victor Luka Modric and Ronaldo taking the top two spots this time around.

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