…says ‘I enjoy watching him play’
Real Madrid forward, Cristiano Ronaldo has said that he enjoys watching his Barcelona rival, Lionel Messi play football.
The Portugal captain revealed that he enjoys watching the Argentine play and that he appreciates his talents.
When asked about Messi during an interview with Fox Sports Argentina, Ronaldo said, “Of course I like him, as I like to watch all of the good players and he is one of those.
“He is a ‘crack’, a star.
“I really enjoy watching him play.”
Ronaldo added that he has no reason to dislike Messi while justifying their healthy relationship.
He said, “How could I dislike somebody who hasn’t done anything bad against me?”
“When they ask Messi about me, he also speaks well of me.
“We have a cordial relationship, one of mutual respect.
“(Our supposed rivalry) is a thing of the media, who have to do and sell their business.”
Ronaldo, however, admitted that they are not close and that their relationship is a limited one, even if it is positive.
“I am not a friend of Messi, but we are colleagues,” he said.
“We have shared many moments in the awards ceremonies of the past 10 years and I have a very good relationship with him.
“We don’t go for dinner together, but I respect him.
“He is a professional colleague, not a rival.”