Fri 21 October 2022 | 10:43

Xavi: "Cristiano gave Messi an extra push to become a better player"

Xavi claims that Messi improved as a result of his rivalry with Cristiano Ronaldo, as the two were always aware of each other's moves on the field.


discusses the relationship between

Cristiano Ronaldo

and Messi and the reality of how CR7 made

Lionel Messi

a "better player." 

There was never a way to avoid comparisons between their respective efforts, despite the fact that neither player would admit to keeping track of the other's exploits while focusing on maximising their performance for Manchester United, Barcelona,

Real Madrid

, or Juventus.

Messi and Ronaldo, who have won a combined 12 Ballon d'Or, have made history regularly. Xavi believes their long-running war for global supremacy helps elevate their status as all-time greats.



manager Xavi, who spent many successful years playing with Messi at Camp Nou, spoke to the BBC documentary 'Messi: The Enigma’ about his insight into one of the greatest rivalries in sport:

“Cristiano gave him an extra push to become a better player. Cristiano and Leo probably won't admit it. I am convinced they used to keep an eye on each other. If you're competitive, you want to be the best.”

The Messi vs. Ronaldo debate will likely continue for some time, as neither player shows any sign of hanging up their boots any time soon, and both will hope that they have more major titles left in them, even though Ronaldo is having a difficult time at

Manchester United

and Messi is thriving at

Paris Saint-Germain


The Enigma will be available to stream on BBC iPlayer beginning on October 22, with some of Messi's former teammates and coaches discussing what makes the 35-year-old unique.

source: SportMob

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