Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are often portrayed as the biggest rivals in football, and the Portuguese now opened up about his relationship with his counterpart.
The 31-year-old was recently crowned the Best Men's Player 2016 by FIFA, extending the Messi-Ronaldo reign at the summit of world football to nine years since another player was considered to be the best in the game.
Reports often suggest Ronaldo and Messi are rivals, and their sons have even been compared to each other, but the Los Blancos man has now insisted the duo have a normal relationship, and revealed that he doesn't like the comparisons.
"We are rivals because we play in different teams but when we're together, we have a normal relationship," Ronaldo told Dongqiudi after being named the Chinese publication's 2016 MVP.
"People compare us all the time, they've even compared our children when they're at school; who is faster, smarter... It's part of the business.
"I don't like to compare, this world doesn't exist for me. We are different, two people doing their job, that's all."
By lifting the FIFA award and France Football’s Ballon d'Or in 2016, Ronaldo cut his gap on Messi to just one, with Argentine having been declared the best player in the game five times and the Portuguese lifting the highest individual awards on four occasions.
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