Barcelona star Lionel Messi has opened up on his rivalry with former Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo and he insisted the rivalry was the fans.
Messi and Ronaldo played in La Liga for 10 years, where they set and broke many records individually and won personal awards for both Barcelona and Real Madrid.
It was a special duel [with Ronaldo] and it will remain forever because it lasted for many years and it is not easy to maintain such levels for a long time,” Messi told La Liga’s show on DAZN, Goal reported.
“Plus, the teams we played in were also very demanding, both Real Madrid and Barca, the two best teams in the world.
"Competing on an equal footing for so many years, I think it will remain forever.”
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The Portuguese forward scored 450 goals in 438 for Real Madrid before moving to Juventus, while Messi scored
619 goals in 707 games or Barcelona.
Messi and Ronaldo played ion 30 El-Clasico’s, Messi won 14 of those ties while Ronaldo won eight, Messi scored 20 times in those fixtures, while Ronaldo found the back of the net eight times.
Messi, 32, said his battle with Ronaldo was “fun” for football fans.
“The sporting duel between us was very nice on a personal level and I think people had fun too, whether they were fans of Madrid or Barca or even only football fans in general," the Barca skipper said.
"Obviously, when Cristiano was at Real Madrid, the matches were always special. The matches against Real always mean a lot, but when Cristiano was there they became much more special.
"But it's a time that has passed now, that we have experienced. Now, we have to look ahead to the future."
Messi has six Ballon d’Or while Ronaldo has five to his name an award the two players dominated for years.