Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has praised FC Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, admitting that he enjoys watching great footballers like him play.
The Portuguese and Argentine are considered by most to be the two best players in the modern game, and are often portrayed as being fierce rivals as a result.
Speaking in the build-up to the UEFA Champions League final on Saturday, Ronaldo has confessed that he rates Messi as one of the best players out there and enjoys watching him play.
"I like to see all good players, and Messi is one of them. He is a player," Ronaldo told Fox Sports Argentina.
"I really enjoy seeing him on the pitch, and all the great players."
The Los Blancos talisman also spoke about his relationship with the five-time Ballon d'Or winner.
"Whenever I'm with him, I have a very good relationship with Messi," Ronaldo added.
"It's not that I go to his house and eat together. He is not a friend, but I consider him a companion by profession and not a rival because I don't like it, like comparisons.
"It is part of the work and the world of football."
The 32-year-old has had another incredible season for his club, scoring 40 goals in 45 appearances in all competitions so far, with the UCL final set to be played on Saturday.
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