Cristiano Ronaldo insists that he has always had a good relationship with Messi and never saw him as a rival after he scored twice in Juventus’ 3-0 victory over Barcelona in the Champions League.
The Italians had to win the game by 2 clear goals other than 2-0 to steal the top spot, and they did exactly that with a brace fromCristiano Ronaldo
and a goal from
, while Buffon saved all Messi’s shots on target.
“It was Mission Almost Impossible,” joked Ronaldo when talking to Movistar.
“The key was to start strong, as within 20 minutes we were already 2-0 up, so from that point on we really believed that we could do it.
“This victory is going to be such a confidence-booster, we needed a win like this against a big team.”
The Catalans weren’t happy with the penalty awarded in the early stage of the game.
“I couldn’t say, as I didn’t see it on television. Sometimes soft penalties are called, but I don’t want to get into that, because the referee’s job is always tough. When you score three goals at Camp Nou, there can be no doubt you deserve to go through as the group winners.”
It was the first meeting between Ronaldo and Messi in almost the last 2 years since the Portuguese joined Juventus.
“We’ve been in the awards ceremonies for 12-13 years now and I never saw him as a rival, that’s all stirred up in the media. We always got along perfectly well and if you ask Leo, he’ll tell you the same thing.”
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