Messi and Ronaldo played for Barcelona and Real Madrid, where they rivaled one another for the La Liga and Champions League titles from 2009-2018 as well as the Ballon D’Or, before the Portuguese footballer moved to.
Speaking to DAZN about their rivalry, Messi said: “It was a special duel and it’ll remain forever because it lasted a few years and it’s tough to keep up certain levels for an extended time.
“Plus the teams we played in were also very demanding, both Real Madrid and Barcelona were the two best teams in the world.”
The Argentinian also scored 472 times altogether competitions for Barcelona between 2009 and 2018, while the Portuguese star registered 450 goals for Madrid.
Messi added: “Competing on an equal footing for so many years, I feel it’ll remain forever.
“The sporting duel between us was very nice on a private level and I think people celebrated too, whether it had been from Madrid or from Barca, or perhaps only football fans generally .”
RONALDO VS MESSI RIVALRY (2009-2018)
Messi: 472; Ronaldo: 450
Messi: 122; Ronaldo: 95
La Liga Trophies:
Messi: 7; Ronaldo: 2
Champions League Trophies:
Messi: 2; Ronaldo: 4
Messi: 6: Ronaldo: 5