Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has said that the rivalry between him and Barcelona star Lionel Messi is a healthy one.
Ronaldo and Messi are widely acknowledged as the two best players in the world at the moment, having picked up the last six (FIFA) Ballon d’Or awards between themselves.
Both score goals in abundance and both have won trophies galore in their careers, with their personal rivalry adding an extra edge to the duel between Barcelona and Madrid.
Portugal international Ronaldo, who joined Madrid from Manchester United in the summer of 2009, has said that it has always been this way.
‘This is part of my life’, the 29-year-old told World Soccer when asked about his thoughts on the rivalry with Messi, according to Goal.com. ‘It is normal that people compare us. I am used to it.
'It happened to me at Manchester United and I know how to manage it. We are football colleagues. Outside of football I have no relationship with Messi, but not with other players either. It is a positive rivalry’.