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Alla Zakarian

22-08-2019 | 12:51 Football

Cristiano Ronaldo praises Lionel Messi for making him “a better player”

Cristiano Ronaldo has heaped praised on his rival Lionel Messi. Both players have won Ballon d’Or on five occasions - a record highest - and dominated the award between 2008-2017. Despite the continuing debate over who is the greatest, Ronaldo has admitted they would not be the same without each other. Speaking to TV1 , Ronaldo said: "I have no doubt that Messi has made me a better player and vice-versa. When I am winning trophies it must sting him and it's the same for me when he wins." "I really admire the career he [Messi] has had and from his side, he has already talked of the disappointment when I left Spain because it was a rivalry that he appreciated." Ronaldo said.“It's a good rivalry but it's not unique -- Michael Jordan had rivalries in basketball, there was Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost in Formula 1. The thing they all had in common is that they were healthy rivalries."

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