Lionel Messi has said his rivalry with former Real Madrid star, Cristiano Ronaldo was very healthy and said that it was good for fans.
The Argentine and Portuguese battled it out in La Liga for the better part of a decade after Ronaldo joined Real Madrid in 2009.
Barcelona star Messi and Ronaldo were the dominant forces in Spain and world football for much of their time in the league together, creating a natural rivalry between the pair.
During Ronaldo’s time with the Blancos, he won La Liga twice and lifted the Champions League four times.
Meanwhile, Messi has won an incredible nine La Liga titles (six of which were earned while Ronaldo was at Madrid) and also lifted the Champions League on four occasions.
Ronaldo’s spell in Spain ended prior to the current season, as the 33-year-old completed a sensational transfer to Juventus.
And Messi has claimed that the pair’s time at the top of the game in Spain was a positive for football and for fans all over.
“The rivalry with Cristiano was very healthy and good for the fans,” the 31-year-old told Marca.