No rivalry with Ronaldo – Messi

By IndepthAfrica
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Aug 15th, 2012
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BARCELONA, SPAIN – MARCH 31: Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona folds his hands during the la Liga match between FC Barcelona and Athletic Club de Bilbao at Camp Nou on March 31, 2012 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)

Lionel Messi has played down the idea he has a big personal rivalry with Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo.
The 25-year-old Argentine striker had been speaking to the media ahead of Argentina playing Germany in a friendly on Wednesday in Frankfurt.

And when asked about his nomination for the Ballon d’Or and his relationship with the Madrid attacker he dismissed speculation there is any animosity between the pair.

“With Cristiano there’s no problem. It all comes from the media. I’ve never competed with Cristiano or fought against him,” Messi told Ole.

“There is no kind of anger between us, only respect, but I would love for (Andres) Iniesta or Xavi, who have for many years attained many important achievements such as the World Cup and European Championship, to win it should I fail.

“Obviously Ronaldo, who is a great player, as well as (Iker) Casillas, have naturally been discussed in the race for the prize too, but my friendship with both my team-mates presides.”

The record-breaking Messi has already been named beside Iniesta and Ronaldo as the three finalists to win the UEFA Best Player in Europe award.

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