Real Madrid star, Cristiano Ronaldo has for the umpteenth time rejected comparisons between him and his fierce rival, Lionel Messi. The Portuguese made the disclosure after he picked up the 2016 MVP honour bestowed on him by Chinese publication Dongqiudi following a very amazing 2016. The 31 year-old maintained that it is unfair to compare him with the Barcelona forward adding that they are both professionals striving to be the best for their clubs.
He told reporters, “Cristiano is Cristiano and Messi is Messi. We are both great players with individual and team titles that speak for themselves. The comparison? I don’t like to compare, that word doesn’t exist for me. We are different, two people just doing their jobs, that is all.
“He tries to be the best player for his team and I try to do the same for mine. We are rivals because we play for different clubs, but when we are together we show each other mutual respect. We have a normal relationship.
“People compare us all that time, that is normal. People even compared our sons when they were born and talk about who is the fastest and smartest at school. This is all part of the business. But I think that you can’t compare these things.”
The former Man United striker picked the Ballon d’Or and the inaugural The Best FIFA Men’s Player award after winning the Champions League, the UEFA Super Cup and the Club World Cup with Real Madrid, as well as Euro 2016 with Portugal.