Portugal captain and Juventus star, Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed that he has an edge over his contemporary and major rival, Lionel Messi.
According to Ronaldo, winning the Champions League with several clubs is one of the distinguishing achievements between him and fellow five-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi.
Ronaldo gave this revelation when he featured in latest DAZN documentary ‘The Making Of’.
The Juventus forward has won the Champions League five times, first lifting the trophy with Manchester United in 2008 and going on to win the tournament four times with Real Madrid. While Lionel Messi has only won it four times as a Barcelona player.
Ronaldo also won the European Cup three times in a row between 2016 and 2018.
In his words: ‘The difference with Messi is that I played for several clubs and won the Champions League with different clubs.’
‘I was top scorer in the Champions League six seasons in a row. There aren’t many players who won five Champions League trophies, so this is why I feel that I can identity myself with this tournament.
‘Messi is an excellent player who will be remembered not just for his Ballon d’Or wins, but also for having improved – like me – year after year.
‘I wake up every morning with the idea in my head of training with the objective of achieving something more, not just to earn money.
‘Thank God, I don’t lack money, so what I want to earn is a place in the history of football.’
MESSI VS RONALDO IN THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
Games: Ronaldo (162) – Messi (135)
Goals: Ronaldo (126) – Messi (112)
Assists: Ronaldo (45) – Messi (31)
Trophies: Ronaldo (5) – Messi (4)
Ballon d’Ors: Ronaldo (5) – Messi (5)