JUVENTUS star, Cristiano Ronaldo has acknowledged his longstanding rival Lionel Messi as the only player besides him to be at the top of the game for more than a decade.
The former Real Madrid talisman has been subjected to several comparisons with Barcelona ace Messi for over a decade.
The rivalry between the two has been at the center of football’s most hotly-debated conversation.
Both superstars have had incredibly successful careers, netting record-breaking goals and assists and winning the prestigious Ballon d’Or award a record five times apiece.
While Ronaldo moved to Italian giants Juventus in a hefty £105 million switch, Messi remained at Barcelona.
However Juventus coach, Maxmillano Allegiri, has tipped Ronaldo to win the Ballon D’or “Cristiano deserves to win the Ballon d’Or for everything he’s done – the goals he’s scored, the trophies he’s won and what he’s doing this season too. He’s world-class. He’s taken us to another level because he’s brought international experience and he’s raised everyone’s belief.”
The Portuguese star put aside his rivalry with his Argentine counterpart in a revealing interview with France Football and acknowledged the things that they have achieved over the years.
In the interview, Ronaldo stated that the two aces are way ahead of everyone else in modern football.
The former Manchester United man said, “How many players are capable of playing at the highest level for more than 10 years? You count them on one hand. There are two, Messi and I.”
“I know that one day this will end, in four, five, six years… you will find out.”