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Messi reveals his admiration for Cristiano Ronaldo

Mon 28 December 2020 | 9:20

Barcelona all-time top-scorer Lionel Messi praised Cristiano Ronaldo and likened him to legendary players in other sports.

The world has been debating who is the best

Lionel Messi


Cristiano Ronaldo

but the Barcelona superstar expressed his respect for CR7 and said ‘Cristiano stands out in football’ and compared him to the biggest names in the sport like

Rafael Nadal


Roger Federer

, and

LeBron James


"There are many admirable athletes. Rafa Nadal, Federer, LeBron - in all sports there is always someone who stands out and is admirable for his work,"

Messi told La Sexta


"Cristiano stands out in football. There are many who stand out and always do their best."

The 33-year-old said that his children are his motivation and invoke more passion in him than anyone else.

"When I started to be a professional, I managed to put aside my passion as a football supporter,"

Messi said.

"Those who make me get up from the couch are my children. They are what move me the most today."

Later he talked about his decision to stay at Camp Nou.

"I'm sorry about everything. I always said it. Barcelona is my life. I've been here since I was 13 years old," Messi said.

"Well, the truth is that today I'm fine, it's true that I had a very bad time over the summer because of how the season ended."

source: SportMob