Ronaldo: I like watching Messi

Cristiano Ronaldo has played down the rivalry with Barcelona counterpart Lionel Messi by declaring that he loves to watch the Argentine player in action.

For the last decade, Ronaldo and Messi have been regarded as the world’s top two players after one of them has been crowned as the Ballon D’Or winner for the past nine years.

But ahead of this weekend’s Champions League final, Ronaldo insists he dislikes the comparisons between the pair and says Messi should NOT be considered a rival.

“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.

“Whenever I’m with him, I have a very good relationship with Messi.

“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.”